Wildlife & Gardens

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Sting, May 7, 2019.

  1. Three things to try, two depending on what's in your kitchen cupboard - they've all worked for me in the past:
    1. Coffee grounds and slices of orange or lemon peel - mix them together then spread around the flower bed. Cats don't like citrus and they hate the feel of coffe grounds on their paws.
    2. Vinegar spray - mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then add a squirt of washing up liquid and shake it up - spray around the flower bed.
    3. Plant lavender around the flower bed as well - cats hate the smell of it.
     
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  2. hornmeister

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  3. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Meister vs Squirrel round 2. The half slinky technique.
     

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  4. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    We have a fairly young cherry tree in the garden and last year the exact moment the cherries were ready for picking the birds swooped in and took the lot, literally overnight. Much as it was awesome to provide for wildlife I wanted to try a few for myself, so this year I've been keeping a close eye on the colour of the cherries. Late last week I noticed our resident wood pigeons starting to take much more of an interest in the tree so took a gamble and took as many cherries off the tree as I could get to. They weren't quite red but a few days on a sunny window sill and they look great.

    Within hours of me taking them off the tree it had been literally stripped bare by pigeons, magpies, sparrows, bluetits and blackbirds.

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  5. We bought a young cherry tree last year. This year our WPs did the same but also snapped half of the branches due to their big fat "cherry-and-birdseed filled" bellies !
     
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  6. Hornpete

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    Just noticed a horse chesnut has grown at the bottom of our garden where we are planning a shed. It's about 7ft tall, the roots will all be contained because it's grown in an old compost pile. Is there a market for it or you think someone will want it? Seems a shame to chuck it away.
     
  7. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Stick it on social networks. Someone will want a young tree like that.
     
  8. Bonkingbob

    Bonkingbob First Year Pro

    Just found my young habanero plants have pretty much disappeared with slug trails showing the culprits. Seems my cheap and cheerful blow away greenhouse offers no protection.

    My poor cannas are full of holes as well.

    I've tried slug pubs which do catch some, but not many, and been reading today that beetles will hunt them down at night. Has anybody tried and succeeded in drafting a beetle army in to get rid? I'm thinking of adding a mini rockery to try and attract some.
     
  9. Don't use pellets you can poison hedgehogs etc. Best thing I've found for slugs and snails is a small pond with frogs. If its meat they eat.
     
  10. Hornpete

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    Our frogs have come to a sticky end..
     

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  11. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Great picture. Sad to see what is happening with Aldenham Reservoir. A great place to see wildfowl during the winter passage. As usual property developers responsible for deliberately running the lake into the ground to try and get their own way.
     
  12. Have you tried copper tape? We have been growing lettuces like crazy, the slugs haven't touched them. Likewise a dozen tomato plants are coming to fruit without so much as a nibble.
     
  13. Snake, a delightful snack for a badger
     
  14. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Seen this before, your nan will end up eating a cow.
     
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  15. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    And you never know why.:(
     
  16. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Three peregrines in flight above Watford under dark clouds. What a sight. That silhouette and that call. Unmistakeable. Being mobbed by two carrion crows. Might have been parents with a juvenile. Typical never have a top notch camera with telephoto lens to hand when you need one.
     
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  17. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    It would appear from fellow members of the ornithological fraternity that a pair did nest at the YMCA roof after having been disturbed last season. They have raised two juveniles and explains the sightings around Watford and the Colne River running past Holywell. Those juveniles will not be with their parents for much longer though.
     
  18. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    Had a new front lawn laid yesterday, and guess what?

    We woke up this morning to find the ******* foxes had dug part of it up YET AGAIN, just like they did when we had our lawn in the back garden laid last summer :mad::mad::mad:
     
  19. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    @Filbert breaking lockdown again?
     
  20. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    No comprende? o_O
     
  21. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Filbert's moniker is the Fox. Vulpes vulpes.
     
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  22. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    Hence my eating from bins and loud sexual activity in front gardens.
     
  23. And prefering to dig up a WFC fan's new lawn than qualify for the champs league. B******s. Total utter b******s.
     
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  24. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Could also be badgers.
     
  25. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    Smashing bunch of lads, badgers.
     
  26. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    No it's foxes, I've chased the little ******* off a couple of time s already :mad::mad::mad:
     
  27. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Has a neighbour got the arse with you and decided to hammer frozen sausages into your grass?
     

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