Wildlife & Gardens

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

  1. It's in many ways a no win situation. The better they are protected, the more difficult the animals are to obtain, the more desperate the market is to obtain them, the more they are prepared to pay, the more attractive it is to locals....
     
  2. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    It is very hard to find a way to stop especially if governments in those areas turn a blind eye or are corrupt or even directly involved behind the scenes. In my special paper for A level biology I discussed this in relation to gene flow, genetic drift and population vigour with an ultimate utopia of restored habitats, a much lowered human population in the future and a completely different way of what we see as important in development and life as individuals. Some populations of endangered species are at such a low level already that we are seeing them rendered vulnerable to one event that cause extinction or through lack of genetic diversity.
     
  3. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    https://coastal.climatecentral.org/...turn_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014

    Based on current projections of sea level rise for the forthcoming decades. Hull has just had a new system of flood protection added against storm surge but it will be rendered useless if this carries on. The costs will be enormous to protect certain areas while others may just be allowed to slip under the waves. A lot of it being rich farmland although having had a look at the area in the Fenlands and Lincolnshire it is resuming the proportions it had before mass drainage and land reclamation.
     
  4. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    If flood defences cost more than a tenner, it'll be cheaper to rebuild Hull.
     
  5. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    :D To be fair to the good folk of Hull they are trying to regenerate the image of the city with numerous projects and I expect with more wind farms in the North Sea more job creation in terms of maintenance and repair facilities.
     
  6. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Jenny Wren seen yesterday by my neighbour.
    A squirrel took half an apple from the ground and shot up the 'Chloe' tree with it. It's still there this morning!
     
  7. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    If you hear a bird call that seems surprisingly loud, it’s probably a wren. They’re not always that obvious to see, but there are more around than you think.
     
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  8. Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett First Year Pro

    Until a few years ago my gardening skills involved nothing more than using a bit of weedkiller.
    However , and I am still a novice, I have caught the bug and today I started on the front weeding the borders and planting
    some lavender and some "blue" plants . But how hard is gardening ? I am shot !!
    Will start on back over Easter
     
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  9. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    I like all those humanised names, Jenny Wren, Margaret Pie, Robin Redbreast etc. Speaks of a more poetic time.
     
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  10. Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett First Year Pro

    ...and without going "full Harry Markle" improving a garden and encouraging wildlife
    etc is doing your bit. We are only here for a visit so we should do our best to leave it
    in the best condition as we individually can . I understand this is said with the benefit of age !
     
  11. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    This is you finding an excuse not to tidy up the garden. No I have to leave it like that for the hedgehogs.
     
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  12. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Tom ***.
     
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  13. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    Webster the Tarantula
     
  14. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Cor, fnarr.
     
  15. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    What a treat to see on my return from seven consecutive hours on court.
    As I went into the bathroom the goldfinches had gathered in the tree outside the window.
    Beautiful sight!
     
  16. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    A charm, in fact!
     
  17. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Is that so?
    Lovely anyway!
     
  18. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    One of those strange collective nouns.
     
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  19. I believe the collective noun for a collection of collective nouns is "a gaggle of collective nouns".
     
  20. AndrewH63

    AndrewH63 Reservist

    Robin building a nest in a rainwater hopper. Do I let it carry on with the risk that the first heavy rain washes it away or worse kills eggs or chicks Or move the collecting of leaves and block it off or put some sort of raised platform inside the hopper for it to use. Or block it of and try to stick a nesting box nearby?
     
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  21. Divert the water if you can otherwise best not to let them nest there. Once they have laid eggs it’s too late obviously.
     
  22. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Someone said the battles of the future may well be over water. We have had several flare ups in recent years as nations try to dam off headwaters and restrict flow to nations downstream in the drainage basin. The Nile HEPs. Iraq and Turkey and recently China threatening and implementing dams on tributaries that con stitute the Brahmaputra drainage basin.

    All of the needs of humans are causing fresh water to be in short supply particularly in a warming climate. Artesian basins like the Ogallala, Sahara as used by the ancient Garamantids are being drained (the source being an ancient inland sea) or will be drained faster than they are replenished.

    Water management and usage need to be carefully considered and the ideal scenario is a long term reduction in the global human population as all of these concerns usually neglect to focus on the effect schemes like this have on wildlife. Water is a precious resource but there are some who would like to see it and have turned it into a commodity in regions of the world where it is scarce. Some of the comments they come out with are quite sinister as are the analogies they use. These sort of venture capitalists and water brokers truly are some of the nastiest one step below murdering psychopaths. Self serving liars. One of the investment groups Macquarie sucked hundreds of millions here in the UK from water payments while we still have as highlighted by the Environmental Agency regular overflows of raw sewage and everything else it contains into waterways on a daily basis. Money that should have been put into reservoir building, control systems and so on at the time. Have a watch:



    Just because it is life does not mean it cannot be priced. :rolleyes::mad: Where does this greed end ? Money is usually the root of all evil.​
     
  23. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    A family of robins are nesting in some abandoned machinery under a tarpaulin in the cricket club car park which is next to the court I coach on.
    I fed them some seeds from my Subway that a parent had kindly bought for me.
    On Monday I'll take some suet pellets,mealworms,grated cheese and moistened cat kibbles for them.
     
  24. Wouldn’t leave too near the nest. Might attract rats which could kill the young in the nest if they can reach them. Best to keep food a good distance away. Robins tend to watch people’s movement so put the food down when you see a robin watching you. Just my thoughts.
     
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  25. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Thanks.
    Yes I will scatter it to the side of my court and only little bits at a time.
    The robins watch over the courts from the trees anyway.
    Very attentive birds,as is the great t1t who sings "teacher,teacher" all day long!
     
  26. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I heard that there has been a survey to discover whether dogs favour their left or right fore paw.
    Of 2,901 ( strange number) 58% were right paw dominant in taking hidden treats.
    I have often studied Ford and Arthur and they are left paw dominant ( real southpaws!) but it could be argued they are 'ambipawdrous'!
     

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