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Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:47

Lyn and flowersintherain, I can see where you're coming from with your comments above, but you are mistaking the point of the count. It's not a competition to see as many species as possible in your local area. The methodology is designed to achieve information about garden birds which is comparable from year to year - it's as simple as that - and while the RSPB accepts that some people will not stick to the system, the best way to do this survey is to do exactly what they ask.

I was going to do the count yesterday, but got dragged away halfway through the hour by which time I'd seen a Dunnock. The fine but windy morning seemed to have sent all the birds into hiding. So I did 8 till 9 today and there was quite a lot of activity. The slight drizzle with windless conditions suited the birds much better.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 09:57

If it's his tree, poisoning it is an offence by you.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 14:34



Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:30

We used Dog's Breath - it was horrible.

gardening toolbox

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:23

I'm not sure if I'm one of the naysayers, but I would have said that only by thinking through something first will you avoid doing something that's a waste of time, effort and materials.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:19

If the neighbours' vegetation is hanging over the boundary you have the right to cut it off as long as you give it back to him (to keep it would be theft).

gardening toolbox

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:50

I just carry the small stuff in an IKEA blue bag or similar, and take the larger things by hand as I need them; there's nothing worse than trying to carry two different rakes, secateurs, pockets full of twine, a spade, a fork, some loppers and a leaf blower all at the same time. One of them will stab you or trip you up sooner or later. A lot depends on the accessibility of your garden.

Peruvian scented daffodils

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:41

Best treated as frost tender and kept in in winter.

Poplar trees

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:39

Some friends lived in North Lincs. The windbreak on one field was some sort of damson or bullace. Delicious!

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:26

Sorry Buttercup, but I'm afraid that's not the way the survey works. If you want to give someone a representative picture of your 4 square miles, your local ornithological society would love to have all your records.

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