Wildlife - friend and foe

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Wildlife - friend and foe

Postby Monika » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:18 pm

Our pea harvest will be almost non-existent this year. When we went to allotment yesterday, most of the pea plants had been pulled off their supports and the pods and leaves shredded by pheasants ......... They had even nibbled the ends of the recently planted leeks, so I have put a net over those to save them. One allotment neighbour has lost most of his (un-netted) brassicas to the little devils.

On the sad side, a willow warbler was caught in our brassica netting and died there because it couldn't extricate itself. So we had a sad little funeral.

On the plus side, we found a huge toad in a damp place!
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Re: Wildlife - friend and foe

Postby Westi » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:40 pm

Hi Monika!

Shame about the willow warbler, netting is a necessity but it does get victims trapped. I'm now trying the plastic netting as it can be held down a bit firmer so they can't get in & if they do they can fly around in it like a bird cage until I can rescue them, but it is not that strong & easy to tear.

Thankfully you can still get another sowing of peas in - best make it a double row though! (& protected)
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Re: Wildlife - friend and foe

Postby KG Steve » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:00 am

I knew an old gardener who would trap the pheasants that came looking for his peas using a wire mesh 'cage' baited with corn and propped up on a stick at one end. He reckoned they went well with peas! :)

Yes, tight netting helps prevent them getting caught in the first place. It is a bit expensive but the woven stuff stretched tight is very good and lasts a long time.
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Re: Wildlife - friend and foe

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:25 am

Hen birds might have young this time of year and although out of shooting season, a slow cooker cock bird casserole can be very nice if it turns cold and rainy...........................
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