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Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 19:45

I've been reading about the Solar Sipper Bird Bath and plan to buy one of these when I get chance/money.  I have 4 cats and a few visiting from neighbours but they prefer chasing the squirrels to the birds.  They do bring me mice and shrews but usually these 'presents' are uninjured and I release them in to the wildlife section of my garden.  I also have at least one hedgehog who pops up for meals occasionally (and is studiously ignored by the cats).  I have built an insect house in the wildlife section and it seems popular. I hope to get some native fruit trees, etc. for the birds too but I have very limited money, time and strength unfortunately.    I did contemplate a pond for frogs but having visited a friend whose cat brings frogs in I changed my mind.  Not a good combination.

Cats

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:29

You can also use coffee grounds (coffee shops will give them to you free on request).  Cats don't like the smell and the coffee grounds slowly rot down and add nitrogen to the soil.  I have a floating population of feral and stray cats and use coffee grounds everywhere but in their toilet area which I keep dug over for them.  It seems to work and by giving them a freshly dug area of their own at the bottom of the garden I don't get complaints from my neighbours either (except about the squirrel who doesn't seem to mind coffee!)

CATS

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 06:25

Go to your nearest coffee shop and ask them for the used cofee grounds.  Sprinkle these on the garden.  The cats hate the smell and the grounds act as a fertiliser.  It does need replacing regularly but it it environmentally friendly.  Does it work?  Yes.  I have three cats and use this to keep them off planted areas (they have their own toilet area at the bottom of the garden which I dig over regularly, it is also used by most of the cats in the area as it is always nice loose soil!)  It also deters slugs and snails.

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