Thanks NC. Yeah I had figured nettles were there
planting ox eye daisies a few years back. Still having to remove the descendants now.
We have at least one frog and one toad in the garde. Both were under a plastic composter base the other day. I am currently considering contacting Channel 5 to see if they would be interested in a new idea i have called Amphibian wars. Well it has to be better than Britain clearly doesn't have talent or Big brother!
Damn, you've upstaged me with the newts!!
I have a creche for voles in my composter. I think the unit must have raised about 10 generations since I put the composter in place. To be fair I love the fact I have a huge variety of wildlife in my garden including the resident toad who rests under the discarded base of the said composter.
If you want to encourage a wide diversity of wildlife then perhaps make small holes oin the back walls to bring nesting song birds into the area
I'm sure they're not but they look a little like ticks!
Partial shade, moist. a large variety of plants already there. Bergenia, mimulus, monarda etc. Slightly limey soil but has been enriched with topsoil
Thanks for the advice Nigel
Just be grateful that you have any Starlings! Their population levels have fallen dramatically over the past few years. Starlings do have a tendancy to be a bit seasonal though within the garden environment and they spend a fair amount of summer and autumn in the fields. They often return to gardens when times are harder in early spring and winter. So the starlings you may want to discourage may well be more desparate for food than anything else.