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Sat 5-Oct-13
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Vagabondic
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We never used to have sparrows either here in the middle of Bucks - but started seeing them again in the past 2 or 3 years.  We had thrushes in the garden for the first time in years  this year aswell.

Sun 6-Oct-13
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wave  I have  a flock of sparrows which live in the trees and bushes outside my house.  I love to watch then having a dust bath in the farm road. They wait in the trees for me to feed the hens.    Do you remember them Toni?

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We've got loads of sparrows here too, Toni remarked on them while she was here.

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Sun 6-Oct-13
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We have a flourishing flock here in the fens, with the occasional Tree Sparrow hanging around with them.

Sun 6-Oct-13
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I certainly do remember the Sparrows Danuta! 

I'll try that again!

Sun 3-Nov-13
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Here's a problem on which I would like people's views - my mother is suffering from glis-glis in  her roof space.  If you havn't come across the glis-glis before they are an edible dormouse brought to this country  by a member of the Rothschild family who thought they were sweet but have invaded the local area.  They are like a small squirrel and can be very destructive. My mother cannot sleep for these things scratching about in the roof -  we don't want to poison them as they will crawl off and die horribly and there will be a smell and flies. They don't seem to go in to electric rat traps, they are a bit small for normal rat traps but we have caught a lot using them.  Have tried one of these sonic plug in repellants which seems to have no effect.

 

There never used to be a problem with them,  they were in the barns but didn't come in the house, but in recent years they have come in in great numbers - maybe it is because there is no dog in the place any more. Any ideas anyone has to discourage them would be much appreciated.

Tue 19-Nov-13
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We bought a sqirrel cage for trapping intruders- they love peanut butter, so maybe glis-glis might as well. It was very effective- we caught several squirrels like that. Eventually I lined the space inside of the roof beams with fine mesh "chicken wire"- that solved the problem -they can't get in now. It took some time to do, but well worth the effort.

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Tue 19-Nov-13
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Thanks for the suggestion about peanut butter - it looks as if the varmints are now hibernating as none have been caught for a week or so. Chicken wire under the eaves is a good idea athough not easy to do in that house and there is also the worry of trapping them inside rather than keeping them outside. My mother called in a pro pest controller  last year who brought a squirrel trap which worked - but apparently you are not supposed to release them once you have caught them or something like that due to the wildlife laws (it's also probably an offence to have ones dog chase them)  The pest company wanted about £30 to come out and empty the trap and got quite uptight when told we had done it ourselves.

 

Best plan would be to sell them as pets after catching them but I'm sure that's illegal as well - but seeing the price of hampsters and the like at the petfood shop it is tempting,  these things look just as sweet,  and supposedly you can eat them to boot.

Wed 20-Nov-13
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Yes releasing squirels is also illegal once caught. The pest controller said if we caught them to let hime know and he would come out and shoot them- we decided we like squirrels, just not in the roof, so we karted ours miles away and re-released them rather than have them shot, which seemed a bit barbaric to us.

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Tue 26-Nov-13
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I thought you might all enjoy the pictures on this site.

I'll try that again!

Tue 26-Nov-13
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Nice pics Toni.

We have had a little extra wildlife in our house this last few days.

When dog Rosie came back from the kennels, we noticed after a few days she was scratching and discovered she had brought some passengers home. We have tried the "dot" treatments on the neck in the past on the rare occasions she has had them, but she reacted badly, so we had bought some edible pills- so one pill, lumps of cheese to wrap in and seconds later, dosed dog.

About three hours later came the cry "abandon dog" (in a very high and squeaky voice) and the passengers proceeded to jump ship and land all over us, the furniture etc. Luckily we had some furniture treatment spray in the house, so duly treated carpets, settee etc.

This morning, the dog appears to be passenger free, so her dog bedding is being washed and we have re-treated the areas just to be safe.

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Tue 26-Nov-13
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Glad you like the pictures.

Can you get a refund from the kennels?

I'll try that again!

Tue 26-Nov-13
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Oh, Martin, what a pain, for Rosie and you too. A pity they didn't dose her in the kennels .... perhaps you could suggest it to them! whistle

It's made me come over all itchy !! big_laugh

 

Toni, those pics are amazing! ok

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Did you click on the 'eye' at the top right?  There are more shots there.

I'll try that again!

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Yes, managed to see the 2012 and 2013 winners.

Amazing photography - beyond me! (Think I'll stick with knitting and crochet - I can do that!) laugh

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"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

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