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Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 17:22
Very much the case in the south of England, too much abstraction, cormorant predation, signal crayfish to name a few have had a massive effect. The huge elver runs are a thing of the past too. Our rivers may be cleaner but they aren't healthy!

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 15:52
Unfortunately for the otter our rivers, for various reasons, no longer support the fish life that they used to, especially eels which were a major part of an otters diet. They've descended on commercial fisheries and ponds where the pickings are easier.
The upside is they have driven out the mink in some areas as the otter is now the apex predator.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 14:53
Very cute Busy Lizzie, for anyone in the Surrey area I would highly recommend the British Wildlife Centre, you get really good views of the animals especially at feeding times. I've had Red Squirrels going into my coat pocket looking for food.

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 14:30
Thanks guys, I have compressed the pics so will try again later.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 09:37
Only ever saw that once, truly a lovely sight

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 09:24
Dove, I used to work at a large oil refinery on Essex and on more than one occasion I saw brown hares in the middle of the running units! Made me do a double take the first time I saw one!

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 08:55
Following on from the recent vote for our favourite British bird what mammal, native of course would you pick.? I've been to the British Wildlife Centre a few times and they have a Red Squirrel enclosure where you can wander round and at feeding time they will come right up to you and search you for any treats. It's a difficult choice as I also have a soft spot for badgers too but my vote goes to the Red.

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 08:43
Is there a maximum file size for adding pics to the site? My better half took some lovely pics of Great Dixter but they are big files over 10mb!

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:14
I bought some blueberry plants from Lidl 2 yrs ago, unnamed variety, after reading about needing different varieties for cross pollination I wasn't sure I would get fruit but I have had a great crop this yr, there maybe other bushes growing close by but none in the immediate vicinity. I did follow the advice on ericaceous compost and grow mine in pots. They taste much sweeter than shop bought ones .


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:41
You assume I hate cats, I don't but I do object to irresponsible owners. I love dogs too, if I had the time to look after one I would have one.
Am I not allowed to express an opinion, I haven't advocated any methods that are harmful to cats and the worst I do to cats I see iny garden is frighten them off with a child's water pistol.
However I would be grateful if cat and dog owners made sure they cleaned up after the mess they leave. If you let your cat roam then basically you don't care what it gets up to.
I often walk a dog for a friend, I arm myself with poo bags and dispose of it properly, as I mentioned on an earlier post I saw a man walking a cat on a lead, so it can be done just takes a bit more effort.
It's not the biggest worry in the world but surely I'm allowed to be annoyed if me or the missus puts our hand in cat poo!

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