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Show us your ponds

Posted: Yesterday at 23:12

After repeatedly promising each year to create a wildlife pond in my garden, I keep delaying it as there's always other jobs to do. But I feel this year is the year!

So, for inspiration, it would be nice to see photos of other peoples ponds, whether it be a fish pond or a wildlife pond.

Any photos appreciated, thanks.

Sunflower hearts

Posted: 23/02/2018 at 10:54
Lyn says:

I buy these, in fact I only buy from this company, theit robin mix is excellent, free next day deliver as well.


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Thanks Lyn,  Ive just purchased 30kg of sunflower hearts from this seller, Hopewell Feeds. They are in Rotherham which is close to me for collection if needed, but their next day delivery was a no brainer. They are excellent quality hearts, with no dust.

I usually buy from Croston Mill either directly from their website or via their eBay page, and again they are excellent quality hearts, with no dust. Just the same as from the Hopewells.

I mention dust because some sacks of hearts from different suppliers do contain a lot of dust. It settles to the bottom of the sack, or storage metal bin in my case, and when you get to the bottom your having to sift through dust to get to the hearts. Not so with Hopewells or Croston Mill. Both are excellent hearts with no dust or wastage. Hopwells are currently cheaper than Croston for hearts, but always worth checking.

Moving a large box ball

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:42

I recall Monty Don saying that they respond well to the bottom of the root ball being completely sliced off  with a spade, to promote new root growth.

I did this when repotting two large box balls and they are growing well.

Stopping Wood Pigeons on bird feeder

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:40

How does the basket stop them? Surely the pigeons can still land in the tray?


Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:32

The only lost sunflower hearts I suffer are when Wood Pigeons try and use the feeder, which thankfully they struggle with, and they tend to rake out the hearts and then eat them off the ground. Pesky wood pigeons!!!

By far the best hearts I've used are from Croston Corn Mill 


Last edited: 18 February 2018 18:32:28


Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:24

Maybe the holes in your feeder are too large? What feeder are you using?

I use the Apollo 7 port feeder from CJ Wildlife with my sunflower hearts, It has metal feeding ports which can't get chewed, and it works really well...

Last edited: 18 February 2018 18:29:30

Nestbox inspection

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 13:38

I installed a couple of sparrow terrace nest boxes last winter. Whilst not expecting them to be used in their first year I inspected them today to find that it looks like they have been roosting in them, which is a good sign..


Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 12:39

Mr & Mrs Wood Pigeon are constantly pacing up and down under my bird feeder, so much so that they have worn all the grass away and turned the area into mud. Ive had to move the feeder for a while, but its a shame as I like to be able to see it from the armchair in my living room....

Last edited: 10 January 2018 12:40:10

Is my Cherry Blossom tree dying?

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 17:32

Cherry is prone to Honey Fungus. I had to cut down a beautiful cherry tree a few years ago because of this. I also started to lose my privet hedge which is also prone to it. Had to dig out a big section and replace it.

Honey fungus can live on dead tree stumps that might still be in your garden.

Feeding the birds

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 14:22

Just made some bird cake seeing as its getting very cold out there. Lard, dried mealworms, breadcrumbs, raisins etc..

Last edited: 01 December 2017 14:26:19

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