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Deus Lee

The Hammered Hunter
#21
Always amazes me how wildlife finds all the places they need and good to see your making it easier for them.

I had a huge ivy at the wilded bottom of the garden like you said the bees and wasps love and through early winter covered in berries.

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The birds like the tall ivy to roost at night through the winter months it gives good shelter we do get bats round here i made a few boxes but the birds decided to nest in them i took them down early last year so i could paint the gutters and soffit,

Yes i try my best for all wildlife apart from cats ive fought a long battle with them and now manage to keep them out.
 

Minelab Mal

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#22
The birds like the tall ivy to roost at night through the winter months it gives good shelter we do get bats round here i made a few boxes but the birds decided to nest in them i took them down early last year so i could paint the gutters and soffit,

Yes i try my best for all wildlife apart from cats ive fought a long battle with them and now manage to keep them out.
Sympathise about the cats as I have a pint mug of cold water near my conservatory door and ambush the cats that come down my side path from the garden.
The twin ginger toms are my favourite too soak plus a beautiful leopard cat thats always craping on my lawn.
Both archway boxes are having the Great tits nesting in again this year with sparrows in the community box just under the eaves.
The neighbours get loads of house martins and swifts but don't nest on mine for some reason :(
 

Deus Lee

The Hammered Hunter
#23
Sympathise about the cats as I have a pint mug of cold water near my conservatory door and ambush the cats that come down my side path from the garden.
The twin ginger toms are my favourite too soak plus a beautiful leopard cat thats always craping on my lawn.
Both archway boxes are having the Great tits nesting in again this year with sparrows in the community box just under the eaves.
The neighbours get loads of house martins and swifts but don't nest on mine for some reason :(
I am cat free now Mal :),

Ive got a couple of blue tit boxes but nothing has nested yet ive had them going in for a viewing but they haven't deiced to make them home yet i have them facing in different directions they will come in time,

I also made a couple of robin boxes i had a nest in one in 2019 but the chicks died for some reason can only presume something happened to Mrs Robin,

Ive had house martins looking under the eaves a few years a go i made some fake nests but the house sparrows used them to nest in lol,

If you have them nesting close by like you say the battle to get them on your house is quite easy put some artificial nests under the eaves and you can buy a mp3 disc you need to put a speaker outside close to the nest boxes and play the calls at certain times of the day i looked into it a few years ago but never got round to ordering the equipment all info is online.
 

Deus Lee

The Hammered Hunter
#24
If you have them nesting close by like you say the battle to get them on your house is quite easy put some artificial nests under the eaves and you can buy a mp3 disc you need to put a speaker outside close to the nest boxes and play the calls at certain times of the day i looked into it a few years ago but never got round to ordering the equipment all info is online.

You need to act now Mal as they will be returning very soon


house martin call cd - Nestboxes - Homes for Wildlife - The RSPB Community

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Minelab Mal

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#25
All the boxes I have being used are all facing east avoiding the sun except for early morning.
All the swifts in the Village like to nest under all the thatched cottage eaves in the Village and ignore all the other houses. Whilst the martins all nest at the pitch of the eaves. Unfortunately many houses have replaced the timber have upvc eaves boards now and Martins wont go near them. Next year going to get some brick replacement swift boxes fitted.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#26
I have been given some frogspawn by a friend, some of which I have put in my pond. The rest I have in a deepish tray in the back lobby where it is a bit warmer. It is coming along a treat in the 8 days I have had it and I now have lots of tiny free swimming tadpoles that are developing their typical tadpole shape. I will keep most of them in there (the rest will go in the pond) until there have developed 4 legs and look more froglike when they to will go in to the pond as the wife is not keen on the idea of frogs hopping round the house.

I'm hoping that one year I get breeding frogs returning to the pond but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe that will change if I give these a really good head start.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#27
All the boxes I have being used are all facing east avoiding the sun except for early morning.
All the swifts in the Village like to nest under all the thatched cottage eaves in the Village and ignore all the other houses. Whilst the martins all nest at the pitch of the eaves. Unfortunately many houses have replaced the timber have upvc eaves boards now and Martins wont go near them. Next year going to get some brick replacement swift boxes fitted.
I had house martins build a nest on the sloping top of a polycarb alarm box below the plastic guttering & facia board on a south facing wall. They came back a 2nd year but not seen them since. I made 2 fake nests from deepgap polyfiller, put them on a north facing wall (can't put them on an east facing wall) to be used or maybe attrack a house martin to build near to them but no luck. Been there 5 years now but fingers crossed.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#32
The spawn in the pond has been hit by the cold but some have developed and are swimming around. The ones in the dish in the house are demolishing the pond plant, watercress & cucumber I've put in and it is getting near time to start feeding them liver as well. Quite a few are developing that 'frog' shape but no signs of back legs yet.

Have to be careful as the wife doesn't want froglets hoping round the house so hope the pond warms up a bit sooner rather than later.
 

Deus Lee

The Hammered Hunter
#33
The spawn in the pond has been hit by the cold but some have developed and are swimming around. The ones in the dish in the house are demolishing the pond plant, watercress & cucumber I've put in and it is getting near time to start feeding them liver as well. Quite a few are developing that 'frog' shape but no signs of back legs yet.

Have to be careful as the wife doesn't want froglets hoping round the house so hope the pond warms up a bit sooner rather than later.
I best give mine some food then i think the fish are eating them do you chop the cucumber up.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#34
I best give mine some food then i think the fish are eating them do you chop the cucumber up.
No, slice it about 1/4" thick and throw it in, it floats. They eat i rind & all. Also packets of watercress from the supermarket, what isn't eaten will oftem grow & flower.

When you feed liver cut in to 1" cubes or strips and hang so it is just under the surface. Lift out after a few days & add another piece (freeze pieces ready). It seems like they will nibble it till all the blood is gone then not bother so much with it.
 

Deus Lee

The Hammered Hunter
#35
No, slice it about 1/4" thick and throw it in, it floats. They eat i rind & all. Also packets of watercress from the supermarket, what isn't eaten will oftem grow & flower.

When you feed liver cut in to 1" cubes or strips and hang so it is just under the surface. Lift out after a few days & add another piece (freeze pieces ready). It seems like they will nibble it till all the blood is gone then not bother so much with it.
Thanks for that i have some cucumber i will give them some of that tommorow and pick some watercress and liver up for them, there very small tadpoles atm i didnt think they would hatch on a few mornings i was removing ice from round the spawn.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#36
Thanks for that i have some cucumber i will give them some of that tommorow and pick some watercress and liver up for them, there very small tadpoles atm i didnt think they would hatch on a few mornings i was removing ice from round the spawn.
They need to grow a bit before they start on liver ao maybe too early if they are only 'small headed' tiddlers. I also buy a few packets of live daphnia from an aquarist shop but not sure if they eat them. They will start to eat each other if they get desperate , the little canibals. lol

https://www.starhop.com/blog/2020/5...time, the tadpole,now be considered a froglet.

You can also get both early & late stage tadpole food. Don't overfeed they that. If in an outside pond there will be enough algae but still give them cucumber & watercress.
 

Dangerous

Dangerous
Verified Member 2021
#37
Thanks for that i have some cucumber i will give them some of that tommorow and pick some watercress and liver up for them, there very small tadpoles atm i didnt think they would hatch on a few mornings i was removing ice from round the spawn.

Have just seen this

When we had the pond out tadpoles thrived initially on pond weed lettuce and cabbage leaves, but they do
eventually turn carnivorous and if they are not getting enough food will start and eat each other. We used to
hang pieces of cooked chicken on a twig "fishing rod" and they loved that. They also loved marmite sandwiches cut up small - well somebody has to like marmite
 
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