Well done Lucy, one of the forum members uses the same idea with the hanging baskets..a great idea.
Thanks for your reply. I tried to upload a couple of photos without success.... have seen instructions on how to do it somewhere on the site. Is it possible to upload related pictures retrospectively, or at a later time, to a post?
Hi jill yep click the use rich formatting link biottom right..
also look here www.rspb.org.uk/.../389440.aspx
Thanks for the information and the link........ another challenge....
It was the rich formatting tip that did the trick Alan - thank you:)
And a challenge conquered lol..well done.
Thats a good idea putting it in the hedge like that
Thank you, and the sparrows like it too......
Brilliant idea. Also, if you have a bird table, making "walls" out of clematis netting keeps the big birds off - my in-laws used this method very successfully.
Thank you for your reply. I bought a bird table - after my first visit from the sparrow hawk realised I had to protect it. You have given me the answer. Another trip to the agricultural store........
Jill (alias Lucydot)
WOW, that is amazing...... The Magpies, Crows and Jays don't seem to be too greedy on my feeders, but I've had to adapt mine to keep the pigeons from stealing everything... I get very fed up with the continious peck, peck, peck at ANY food I put out. Have spent quite a bit on a mix of devices to try and stop both them and the squirrels who only seem to leave once they have eaten everything, or I scare them off. My task now will be to find a hanging basket 'nest' that has small enough gaps to deter the squirrels, although I have witnessed them physically shaking most the anti-squirrel feeders I have bought in order to 'shake out' the contents.... Thanks for the idea though, ingenious whoever 1st came up with it :-)
Hi Sarah my pigeons behave themselves and as yet the squirrels haven't discovered the new takeaway in the Forest. I'm working towards an inexpensive squirrel deterrent for their inevitable arrival and will post it when I'm confident it could work.
How funny, our bird behaviours are not the same across the Country! I look forward to your squirrel deterrent devices. They really are a menace in my garden, and not considered cute one little bit. Every single tub is attacked with them burying nuts and almost killing several plants/shrubs with their digging! As for pigeons, we also put loads of netting on the allotment to help protect cabbages etc from the pigeons, who literally strip them down to the ground. So, because I also worry about the little birds getting caught in the nets, I use shiny foil and upturned plastic bottles on bamboo canes to put them off.
I think our pigeons would behave badly if we had an urban garden. Ours is just grass, hedges and trees. Not much they can find for mischief - other than the crows and their friends swinging on the feeders. I'm waiting for them to learn how to prise the baskets open with their feet!
Wouldn't it be good if the rspb community members brought out a book of hints and tips generated by their combined knowledge and experience? I'd buy one.