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Latest posts by nutcutlet

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:52

There's a lot of flowers still, salvias, chrysanths, cyclamen, nicotiana sylvestris, afew crocosmia, some sort of dianthus that I'll have to try and ID, nerines. We haven't had a proper frost yet

ID a big bird

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 17:04

Thanks Joe, I think so too. my neighbour says there are Marsh and Hen harriers about here but I've only seen the one 

Weather Forecasting? Don't get me started

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 09:52

Lie in a darkened room Mark and accept that totally accurate weather forecasting isn't here yet. 

Predictions are based on extrapolation from previous years, a better word would be guess

ID a big bird

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:34

Thanks Dove

I think it's probably a female marsh harrier, 

I've been aware of it for years but thought it was a hen harrier, then thought it wasn't. 



Posted: 24/11/2013 at 22:48

Is 5C the same as 43F fidgetbones?

Grass doesn't grow below 43F, I learnt that at school.

For years it was filed as useless info but later refiled as useful

what the?

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 22:40

If you haven't paid you won't have ordered at all.

ID a big bird

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 22:35

Hi Joe

Hard to be completely sure but I'd say a little smaller than a buzzard. A very dark brown back/top view but with an overall blotchy effect on the underside of the wings, not in patches like the kite. Bulky looking when seen on the ground. Often flies very low to the ground. I've been seeing it or one of them, never more than one at a time, for years.

Grassless lawn

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:12

How big is the site, what's the soil like and how much sun does it get?

There's a lot of plants there with differing needs.

I can't immediately see the wildlife connection though any single flower may well provide for insects.

I'd spend the winter doing some research, see what will grow on your soil and aspect, pick out those that are good for wildlife if that's what you want, some will be, and plant in spring


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:04

Grass doesn't grow when it's very cold. If it doesn't grow the roots won't go into the soil, it will just sit there and become dislodged if it's played on..



Posted: 24/11/2013 at 15:44

Dove, re the Iris. Slugs and snails live amongst the leaves. Your hedgehog will love it

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