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The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:09

Joe, your response seems unnecessarily confrontational - I am a fully fledged 'bunny hugger' myself - I volunteer at a local wildlife centre, my garden is a 'nectar bar' for insects, I feed a large array of birds, squirrels and hedgehogs, and I am a member of and regularly donate to various conservation charities including the RSPB.  It is exactly because of this that it is distressing for me to have the invasion of a single voracious species who then decimates the previous natural habitat and displaces all the other wildlife, not to mention making things unpleasant for me too with all the extra noise and mess.  It is the equivalent to having Japanese knot weed invade your garden.  We are just looking for practical advice and some empathy here...

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:48

Hi - I really sympathise with you.  I have a small garden which I have set up for wildlife with several bird feeders dotted around.  Until recently I was successfully attracting a wide variety of tits, finches and other smaller birds and the garden was an absolute pleasure.  Unfortunately, a huge flock of starlings has now found my garden and they have absolutely ruined it.  Whatever food I put out is gone within minutes - what used to last the smaller birds a day, or even a week, lasts less than 30 minutes once the starlings find it.  The starlings bully the smaller birds and prevent them from feeding and the smaller birds no longer visit as frequently.  I have tried 'clinger only' feeders but the starlings just stand on top of them.  My garden is constantly covered in starling faeces now as well.  Apparently starlings are 'endangered' but they certainly aren't around my area!  I am at the point where it feels like my only way forward is to have to stop feeding all of the birds, which is such a shame considering all the time and effort I've put into setting up my wildlife garden

Is mulching with compost needed if bark chips used?

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 10:33

Hi - I am a relatively new gardener - I created a garden last year, mainly shrubs and perrenial flowering plants, and covered it with bark chips for weed suppression and aesthetics and I am now learning how to maintain it.  Last Autumn and now coming up for this Spring, I have read several articles recommending putting a mulch of compost across the garden to improve soil texture and to add nutrients.  The only way I can think of to do this would be to take up all of the bark chips first - which would be a very onerous task!  Is this actually necessary if the garden is covered in bark chips anyway?  Any help gratefully received!  Thanks

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