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Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:27

hi all

I collected the fluff from my tumble dryer, and put it on the lawn, the housesparrows cannot get enough of it, they are so funny to watch. Last year I also, ripped up an unwanted cushion that was stuffed with feathers, I put them in the garden in a small pot, and turned the pot onto its side, and the sparrows went crazy for them, and was so funny to watch 


Posted: 15/04/2013 at 18:55

Amazing pictures everyone. I have really enjoyed scrolling through every one of them . Here is my contribution.


 I love taking photo's of wildlife
 a tame robin we used to have visit every single day. He would feed from my hand. We dont see him anymore and we miss him 


 This Robin visits my garden. I noticed it was a peculiar colour. I have been informed it has a plumage abnormality, and is leucistic.

 above....a dunnock


 above is a young greenfinch having a drink 

 Female Blackbird

 and a Redpoll.

Sorry for posting so many pics, I really couldn't resist 

Hi I'm new here, and would like some advice please!!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 10:23

Glad it is of use break23, think I will be trying a few of the methods myself 

Vistors had a party yesterday

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:18

Hi everyone

Loved reading all your bird stories I consider myself lucky where I live. I have a healthy mix of different birds coming into my garden regularly. I love the siskins, but havent seen any redpolls so far this year, only seen one pair of goldfinch too. We also get coaltits, bluetits, greats, chaffinch, housesparrows, Dunnocks, starlings, jays, collard doves, also have around 9 robins in my garden, often chasing one another, and we get jackdaws coming in too. 

I have several nestboxes up on my house and around the garden. Also have a camera nestbox linked up to my tv. We were lucky to have housesparrows nest in there last year, and me and my children were intrigued watching the eggs hatch and the chicks grow and finally fledge. So far no birds have taken residence in the camera nestbox this year.  But we do have bluetits nesting in another, and sparrows using two nestboxes too.  

I love taking pics of the birds in my garden. here are a few I took last year, of siskins.





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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 17:53

Hi again Dee 3

I have just been looking for info on remedies for slugs and snails. I cant say I have tried any myself, but ive looked at a few sites and just found one with several different methods we can try. I particularly like the sound of the "vinegar and water" method. I will post the link (assumming it is ok to do this?), and at the bottom of the page, there  are peoples stories of what methods they have found useful too.



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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 16:37

Hi again everyone, thankyou all for the friendly welcome  . To dovefromabove, yes the two I have do flower, they are full of buds right now, but the when they flower, they dont last very long but look real pretty. I like them as they are green all year round.

Hi jatnikapyar, Im not sure what you mean by making sure the chicks have a place to run and live. Did you think I have chickens? Or have I misunderstood something more like haha, I did say I love helping birds and have nestboxes up on the house and in the garden.

Hi Dons1979, I think Im gonna enjoy being here as much as you seem to, I will be on here too in my spare time, I really want to learn as much as I can. Sounds like you have a great challenge on your hands, but sounds an enjoyable challenge? I love your idea of a tiny pond. I have always fancied putting a small pond in my garden too, must be a fab feeling having tadpoles in your own garden .  It sounds like your off to a fantastic start, with all the nestboxes etc. I msut have around 10 nestboxes up, 3 are being used, I have a sparrow terrace too, but they have decided to build a nest on top of it rather than inside HAHA. Let us know how you get on with your challenge please. 

thanks verdun for the welcome, your all so friendly. I just want you to know im not an expert on wildlife, im more experienced with the garden birds, and I am now learning about the nectar rich plants to help bees and butterflies. I did plant a buddleja last year and it was like a magnet to the butterflies and dragonflies too.  You mentioned technical issues....I wonder if that is why I am having problems uploading a profile pic?

Lorna thanks for the info on your rowan tree. I am also hoping to plant some lovely bedding plants soon. I have some bulbs and seeds that I have sewn myself in my tiny greenhouse, that I am hoping to use in my garden. lovely idea for your dogs resting place

Dee3 thanks for your welcome too. I also have enjoyed reading other's posts here. Your not too far away from us then, being in Newport. I dont have any ideas on natural remedies for slugs and snails, but would love to know of any if anybody here knows any. I think some birds help to keep them down, like songthrush and blackbirds, mistlethrush. Do you have hedgehogs using your garden? they are also helpful.  Hopefully a more experienced member will see this post and have some suggestions for us 

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:13

thankyou chica and dovefromabove for the lovely welcome  yes I will join in discussions, now that I have finally posted. I have been reading posts on here for a while, but now I have taken the plunge.

Dovefromabove, do you mean the bush to the right being a camellia? I really dont know  what it is. I have two of them, one is slightly darker, but a much better shape than the one in the pic. I have actually been wondering what they were . They were originally in my mum's garden, but I had them and planted them in my garden about 13 yrs ago when she passed away.  All this time, I didnt know what they were.  The green pot has a climbing rose in, its only been put there because my husband moved it while working in the garden today.  

Yes I feed the birds everyday, have nest boxes up everywhere too. We have bluetits and sparrows busy building their nests at the moment. 

The Gower is a beautiful area. Its not quite like the Gower where I live though, I live in a village right out of town, more up in the mountains

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 19:48

As I thought, they are not very good pics i'm afraid




Hi I'm new here, and would like some advice please!!

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 19:37

Thankyou so much Dovefromabove for your reply 

I too, love rowan trees. I hope you can save your ash trees.

Thanks for answering my question, that is exactly what I was wondering....wether or not I needed to prune it. Not that I would have any clue how to prune it anyway HAHA. 

Thanks for the tip with the chicken manure pellets, I will certainly do that. I have just been into my garden to take some pictures of the tree. Im will try to upload them straight after this message. I am not sure if the pics will be very good though, because its pouring down with rain here, and my tree is in a corner of my garden, with low panels around it to stop my dogs getting to close to it. But I will upload them now (if I can), and look forward to your opinion. thankyou

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 18:48

Hi Everyone

I am new here, and would like to Introduce myself. I am not sure if I am doing it in the correct place, apologies if not. I live in South Wales with my husband and 2 daughters, 15yrs and 9yrs old. We have a medium size garden, and I have always loved having as many plants and flowers etc as possible. However I am just a beginner, and have little knowledge on gardening, but I do try.

I am passionate about helping wildlife. I always try to have plants that are helpful to the wildlife, and also love helping the birds. I am planning to plant loads of nectar/pollen rich plants in my garden this year.

Now that I have finally found the courage to introduce myself here, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I planted a Rowan tree, 2 years ago in my garden. The last year it has really grown in height, the lower half has loads of long branches, but the upper half has none yet. So at the moment it looks a little odd.  I did read on some site previously that when planting a young tree, it shouldn't need anything done to it for the first 5 years, but I am unsure if this is true.  Could someone varify for me if the above is true please, and also advise me if I should be paying more attention to the young tree.  I know I probably sound really silly haha, but I wanted a rowan tree for years, and now I have one I want to look after it correctly.  Do I just leave it or am I supposed to cut the branches, so it grows more evenly? 

Thankyou in advance  



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