Daily Archives: April 10, 2010

FROGS, NEWTS AND TOADS IN GARDEN POND

We have had to clear away some really large plants that have overtaken the garden pond.

There was more mud in the pond than water!

But in among it all we’ve seen frogs, newts and toads + the fish.

Note:  I’ve been told that if you break the ice on  a  pond in winter it is bad for the fish.  When a pond is frozen the water is warmer at the bottom of the pond where life survives.  If the ice is broken then the freezing weather seeps down and destroys the warmer water – thereby destroying the life that has been surviving there.   Is this so?

A SAFE FEEDING AREA FOR BLACKBIRDS AND THRUSHES (1)

Trying to make a safe feeding area for blackbirds, thrushes and smaller garden birds

There are many enclosed feeders that keep squirrels, pigeons and larger birds away from bird food

What I have found is that a lot of these feeders keep blackbirds and thrushes away from the food as well, which is a pity.

Last year I put some canes round a birdtable and that let blackbirds and thrushes inside as well as the smaller garden birds. 

Am trying different ways.  Haven’t got it right yet, but am working on it this weekend.  The circle needs to be bigger, but the canes still as close together.

Have already had loads of sparrows squashed inside feeding,plus one or two blackbirds putting their beaks in.  This is too small for blackbirds and thrushes, so will work on it.

Trying to make a garden bird sanctuary

Trying to make a garden bird sanctuary

Any tips welcome