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Wildlife Pond and filters

Posted: Today at 18:00

It's a funny thing is wildlife gardening. We all try to do our best for the various creatures that decide that our gardens would make a nice home. However, pretty much all gardeners I know try their best to eradicate slugs and snails and anything else that we see as detrimental to our hobby. We've always had mice in our garden and when the kids were little they were a great source of pleasure to them but I know  plenty of folk who do their utmost to get rid of them. I don't think there are many gardeners who truly just let nature get on with it and garden in a way that doesn't have an impact on wildlife. That wouldn't be gardening would it? It would be watching a field or a wood etc grow. I have a pond with loads of wildlife in it and a few goldfish. There are loads of plants, all of which are artificially introduced and managed. So my advice would be; put what you like in your pond, add whatever pumps, lights and filters you see fit, do or don't introduce fish, manage it as much or as little as you feel is necessary and, above all, call it what you like.


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 11:10

Firstly, I apologise to everyone for dragging this on but, Phillipa, yes your comment about funding did annoy me a little.

I have been fortunate to have two professions. A consulting engineer, for which I was paid for my services and before that, a professional sportsman, for which I was also paid for my services. The funding for my sport career was generated by people paying to watch and be entertained. No-one ever paid to watch me work as an engineer because it's not entertainment. Does that mean that the people paying through the turnstiles are hypocrites? Does that mean the same people are not entitled to their opinion regarding the use of public spending?

In 1996 our Olympic team managed only one gold medal. This was because the majority of our Olympic team were still operating on a more or less amateur basis but competing against professionals. This sparked the lottery funding of our young men and women and since then we have steadily improved our standing as a nation in the world of sport. We always had the talent but without the necessary facilities and the ability to train full time we would never have seen these young men and women reach their potential.

It's very difficult to quantify the benefit of a successful Olympic team, in monetary terms, but you only have to read all the posts on this thread to see how much pleasure and well being it brings.

As someone who had the great honour to represent his country I would never want to go back to the dark days and see the achievements of our young men and women diminish because of a lack of funding.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 20:02

I don't get this. If it doesn't matter to you how or why the GB Olympic team is funded then what's your issue? I don't get the hypocracy thing either. It's not hypocritical to pay to watch sport but not fancy paying to watch a mechanic service a Ford Fiesta! Some might want to, that's up to them. 

pet companions

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:47

Surprisingly, for a labrador, he's not that fond of swimming! With the exception of a couple of slips, he's very clumsy, he's never been in the pond. 

pet companions

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 19:45

Big Frank on frog patrol!

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 12:14
Opting out of the EU doesn't allow individuals the right to make their own descisions. We all have to abide by laws, rules and regulations. I suspect that should we vote to leave the EU there will be a long time before anything that affects how we garden is changed. There will be bigger fish to fry.

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 09:34

Being a UKIP thinker does not necessarily make you a UKIP supporter and being older doesn't necessarily make you wiser or have a better perspective, it only makes you think you do.

By the way, I'm no spring chicken.

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 09:09

When I saw the title of this thread I thought I'd not bother with it. However, curiosity got the better of me in the end and I had a read. Just as I suspected it would be, it is a mishmash of opinions, very little actual fact and a good dose of downright racist bigotry. 

Seems strange on a forum, where so many members are so tolerant of all living things, that intolerance of other human beings is so prolific.

Oh, Steve, I am not in the least surprised that much of the forum are quite UKIP thinking and yes, it's very disappointing.

Which subjects............

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:48

mollis, forgive me but if you don't want to see any more contributions to this thread then don't look at them. However, if you've a key sticking on your keypad, accept my apology. 

No good asking nicely...

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:44

Well Tetley, I can tell you a not good deterent. My 8 stone Labrador who, last summer, sat in his basket wagging his tail while a heron ate half my fish!

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