Dangerous Birds

September 11, 2011

I found this fun list of the world’s most evil birds.

There’s information about birds that kill and even attack humans and some interesting ways on how they kill their prey and there’s even a video of a pelican swallowing a penguin whole!!

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Bokashi Buckets

September 6, 2011

I have been reading a lot about Bokashi Buckets.

They claim to compost ALL your kitchen waste (including meat) with no fuss and best of all no smell.

The thing that puts me off though is the expense. However, I think I may wait and see if there are any offers on because as you know I’m beginning to grow some of my own veggies and I feel some organic compost would really help them.

I’ll let you know if I spot a bargain and how I get on.

Sea eagles ‘could target children’

September 3, 2011

Game keepers in Scotland have raised concerns that sea eagles could mistakenly target small children when hunting their natural quarry.

The comment from the Scottish Gamekeepers Association comes following a recent incident where a senior clergyman was injured by a young eagle.

Sixteen sea eagles, Britain’s largest bird of prey with a wingspan of up to 8ft, have been released in the east of the country as part of a controversial reintroduction programme.

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Bittern: rare birds make come back as breeding swells population

September 2, 2011

One of the UK’s rarest birds, the bittern, is making a new comeback from extinction, after its best year on record led to the numbers of breeding males topping 100 for the first time.

Conservationists said the results of the latest survey of ”booming” males, which experts are able to count from their loud, distinctive boom-like call, revealed there were 104 birds across England, up from 11 just 15 years ago.

The bird, prized as a medieval banquet dish and hit by hunting and the loss of its reedbed habitat as wetlands were drained, became extinct in the UK in 1886.

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Birds change tune because of city noise

August 30, 2011

Scientists found that male great tits are singing at higher frequencies in order to combat the din of modern life.

But although their higher-pitched songs are being heard by females of the species, they are seen as less attractive.

Therefore males that struggle to make their low-frequency songs heard, or that change to less attractive higher tunes, are at risk of not finding a breeding mate.

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Cute Bud Ducks

August 19, 2011

If you want a quirky or unusual gift to the guy or gal who has everything then check out these Bud Ducks.

Adorable rubber ducks that come in a variety of designs, they are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Time To Grow A Pumpkin

June 2, 2011

If you want to grow a pumpkin for Halloween you need to start now. I’ve grown pumpkins with some success before but they’ve usually been relatively small.

This year I thought I’d have a go at growing one for Halloween and I’m going to attempt a giant one. I found this great guide to growing pumpkins and I’ll let you know how I get on.

Mini Herb Garden

May 3, 2011

I found this brilliant Herb Garden Gift Box for just £25.00 and think it would make a brilliant present for anyone who loves cooking and gardening.

It would also make a great present for children as a clever way of introducing them to the wonders of gardening. Although there’s also a Children’s Garden Gift Box which has a great variety of fruit and vegetables if you can afford to pay a bit more.

Gardening Magazines

April 10, 2011

My top 3 gardening magazines. These are all focussed on growing fruit and vegetables rather than flowers or landscaping etc. I love growing my own product and these are all filled with loads of advice and information.

1. Grow Your Own Magazine

2. Kitchen Garden Magazine

3. Amateur Gardening Magazine

My RSPB Binoculars

February 12, 2011

I mentioned in a previous post that I was buying some RSPB binoculars.

Well they duly arrived and I’ve had a chance to take them out in the field. They took a bit of getting used to after using my old pair for nigh on 15 years but I’m really happy with them and would definitley recommend them to anyone who enjoys bird watching as a hobby.

I chose RSPB WPG binoculars which cost £179.00 and although the initial outlay seems expensive they are definitely worth it, particularly if they last as long as my previous pair!