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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:44

I've got it, in my 50 sheds !


Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:04

'Friendly pellets' to a slug , has the same ring of alarm as 'friendly fire' ! In cases of this, then order your lug pellets from America, as they are the experts in friendly fire !

But, getting away from the political side of things, seriously tho', folks, slugs and molluscs are a simple fact of life. I can understand the desire to rid one's garden of them , BUT they lay hundreds and fahsands of eggs in the soil. You'll NEVER get rid of them. They are a fact of life, a fact of wildlife, and we have to learn how to work with them.

Talkback: Feeding birds in winter

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 22:17
Fatballs, reasonably firm porridge mixed with mealworms, sliced apples, bacon rinds, suet nut and mealworm stuffed into log cracks and shallow drilled holes, all go to a veritable smorgasbord for the feathered fiends oop t'lotty. I also leave a few smashed fatballs on the lawn area, for the ground feeders, like dunnocks, blackies and suchlike.

Funnily enough, this year, the tits have been making a remarkable comeback. Fighting for feeding rights on the picnic table and around the shed door, where we sit and watch them all come in for the scoff. Clean drinking water is looked after too. We've had a travelling group of long tailed tits visit for a day, and some coal tits today.(Thursday)

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:12

Wal I never ! Land sakes ! I am now officially ornithologially stunted.   But seriously folks, Yellow tits live in Taiwan. Doesn't EVERYBODY know this ????  More to the point, what are Yellow Tootles ?


getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:46

Collared doves are slowly working their way oop north, year by year. By the end of the century , they should be on Orrkney and Shetland as resident birds !


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:43

Nutcut, just how I always describe a pond,   an 'ole in t'ground wi' warra init. Innit !

At present, wor pond is crystal clear, some natural weed clinging on to life aroond the sides, and I dare say, in a couple of months, there'll be some spawn from the local frogs filling it oop. I cannot say I am overly enamoured with that slimy green stuff that comes and goes over the year, but, it is the natural way of things. I simply remove a bucket full of it, and dig it into some trench somewhere on the lotty, and off we go for another round. Ding  bloody ding ! As we have a sort of N facing slope, growing season is somewhat curtailed by cooler days, poor drainage, and a shorter growing season, but we manage.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:14

Did you see any chip paper lying about ?

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 22:59

Very scientific and thoroughly impressive. Personally, I would've nipped down the local market and got a feather duvet and wrapped it around me lallies. But ther we go. I ain't got scaly legs, even after empatigo as a child ! Jeeze, but I was a scabby little lad ! Had legs like a sparrow, too !

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:34

Mealworms.............  I soak 'em for about 10 minutes to soften them before feeding them to the boidies. Not so scratchy on their little throats. A  bit of delayed satisfaction doesn't do any harm. Q. Why don't birds legs and feet get cold as we know it ? Something to do with blood circulation I believe.

Many bird legs are covered with a rough, scaly skin that limits heat loss, not to mention the legs and feet often have an incredibly small surface area compared to the rest of their bodies, severely limiting the amount of skin actually exposed to the cold. 

Any discussion on this will be welcomed.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 11:55

               Grace Starling, Pride of the N.E !

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