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Help! I found a Heron sitting on my roof today, not our good friend GOYer Heron but one giant fish gobbler. I scared it away but it’s seen the fish and has revisited several times today. Although I haven’t lost any fish yet I have been suspicious of Heron activity as the fish had stopped coming to the surface to be fed, and when we throw food into them they grab it and shoot back deep under the plants.
So we decided to net the pond, but this we found to be difficult to achieve as our helpers thought it was a good game

So instead we ran a stiff wire around the perimeter at about 12" high – hopefully this will do the trick.
Anybody else got any other ideas ?
I have tried to train the cats in martial arts but they were totally disinerested.

My plant theatre that we constructed out of left over decking has now come ino full bloom


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Smashing photos, my grandchildren have cats exactly the same as yours, also very playful, only in their case the black one teases the guineapigs, lol, your plant theatre worked a treat and shows off the plants really well, they look lovely..
I built a frame and tacked wire and netting on it for our pond, I can lift it off if I want, I admit it spoils the look of the pond but I don`t lose my fish to either the cats or the heron....

20 Aug, 2011

 

Beautiful cats though not much help. I have lost my fish probably to a heron. It's wonderful to see them in the garden and flying round the rooftops ( heron not fish!)but alarming when they take your fish. Some people use a model heron to scare them away but probably a net is the only safe answer.

20 Aug, 2011

 

I have run a couple of fishing line around and across the pond. I have used some pretty wavy alluminium pea rods to attach the line to and it looks not too bad at all and I can still get to the pond (just!) I can post a pic if you would like to see the effect.
Love the cat's!

20 Aug, 2011

 

I like the idea of some pretty alluminium stakes - I've had to use quick knocked up wooden ones - ugly but will do the job for know - please post some pics lulu33.

20 Aug, 2011

 

lost all our fish to one as well ........... but nets are uggly arnt they

20 Aug, 2011

 

Yes Cristna, very ugly thats why (other than the cats playing with the net) opted for the wire option. I'll also try and get a childs windmill apparently they don't like them.
My fishes all have names - I don't want them eaten.
Hee hee - their names are simple:-
There's No Spot, One Spot, Two Spot, upto 6 spot (trying to find 7 spot for our own amusement) and then Blacky - there's 26 in all and their names were given to them as when saw them. Goggles, Tango, Pirate, Pretty etc great fun finding them, all destinctive for their own reason.

20 Aug, 2011

 

Oh, those cats are just beautiful! ... I like the idea from Lulu with protecting the pond ... and so pleased to see your plant theatre survived after that hailstorm you had a while back! . . . . . .

20 Aug, 2011

 

hope you manage to deter the Heron,and get your pond well protected ok..Love your cats..:o)

20 Aug, 2011

 

Great blog! :) Yeah the cats dont look interested at all lol the ginger one looks a tad peed off! lol
What about jsut growing lillies? My pond is covered with lilypads so nobody can see the fish now lol..but they are still there they come up of food. Like their names ;) i must name mine!

20 Aug, 2011

 

I will post pics but will take a few days as am not at home!

20 Aug, 2011

 

I love your cats. I read that those plastic windmills on sticks put Herons off so I have had one beside my pond for some years now. We had a Heron standing on next doors roof for over an hour this summer but I have not seen one since.

20 Aug, 2011

 

I lost one of my fish long ago to a Heron and I still threaten a knotted neck to every Heron I see! I had names for mine too - 'Skinhead' was the breakfast - he was a Sarassa Comet, gold with a white patch over his head; then I had four Orfe - what could I call them but 'F', 'P', 'Bu**er' and 'S*d.' ;o)

21 Aug, 2011

 

I got Orfes too Nariz! :)

21 Aug, 2011

 

you could try an ornamental heron as herons are solitary and don't like intruding on another's territory.
In our old house we had a large pond, many of our fish went to the herons. Quite often we would find they lying on the top of the water with holes right through them. This may have been young herons learning to fish.

Also in the spring we would find them lying on the top without any injury whatsoever.

One evening we went out armed with torch, we came upon a most macabre sight. The frogs were trying to mate the fish and in their misaligned courtship held the fish under the water so in effect drowning them.

In the end we just let the wildlife have the pond and gave up on the fish.

The pond then had frogs, toads and newts as the fish were no longer eating the eggs.

You could also try a rigid wire frame over the pond, which you could lift on and off when required.

Good Luck

Very funny Nariz: I get very orfed at my neighbours, does that count.

21 Aug, 2011

 

OMG Granny B! lolol

21 Aug, 2011

 

We lost most of our original fish a couple of years ago.The heron had a real field day.Since then we grew more lillies to cover the water surface and installed a fake heron.haven't lost any for the last 2 years.

21 Aug, 2011

 

Yeah Grannyb! I remember being orfed at neighbours, but our neighbours now are fantastic! ;o)

21 Aug, 2011

 

I think I'll invest in a plastic Heron, knowing my luck my real Heron will fancy it say no more.
'Orf lol - Nariz.

21 Aug, 2011

 

lol!

21 Aug, 2011

 

Just about to post heron deterring pics for you!

22 Aug, 2011

 

Thankyou lulu33

22 Aug, 2011

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