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Yes, Mr Cyril the Grey Squirrel, we have all said……ahhh when we have seen you in our gardens over the years but, I’m afraid, I’m a hard bitten old cynic and have seen what you and yours are capable of so, after all my hard work in the garden, I’m afraid the bird nut feeder is to be removed for a while.
They really are smashing to watch but,they can be so destructive…..Grey squirrels created many hundreds of pounds of damage in the roof of one of my former neighbours’ homes a few years ago and, of course, they’ll pinch all your bulbs. I intend planting some this autumn, so I think it’s best not to encourage Cyril’s visits to my garden.

But, this chap, on the other hand is quite welcome. I love to see Hover Flies on my plants as they are a great gardener’s friend.

And, I noticed last night that we have more welcome visitors. Bats were spotted flying around my garden.Certainly the first time we’ve spotted them since being here! I like to think it may be due to the plants I have introduced over the past few weeks. They certainly seem to be attracting the moths which, in turn, will attract Bats! I hope to get some photos of the bats one day but , don’t hold your breath!
Yes, it’s been a dull wet old day here today so, very little to do in the garden but take photos.
Happy gardening
Paul

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Wonderful photo's though, its a shame isn't it because they are comical to watch, for years I kept blaming my own pets for digging up my bulbs, then one day I saw a squirrel on our fence, he visited a number of times and even came looking in the window, sadly he disappeared and I've always thought he must have been caught by the nutter at the back of us who used to spend ages shooting the starlings with an air rifle...

26 Jul, 2015

 

Funny you should say that because ,as I mentioned, our next door but one neighbours at our old place had terrible problems.A family of squirrels set up home in the roof of their brand new extension and caused terrible damage.they ate through a lot of the timbers and knocked cement out of the side of the roof under the tiles!!He called in the RSPCA and they told him there was nothing they could do. He said he couldn't catch them in a trap(as he was considering) and take them somewhere in the countryside because they are classed as vermin! In fact(and I found this incredible) the RSPCA chap advised him to get an air rifle and shoot them. and that's exactly what he did.I heard him for days practising aiming on a metal target thing in his garden. And, a few weeks later he proudly boasted that he'd shot 4 squirrels .

26 Jul, 2015

 

Oh no! Those poor grey squirrels. It's our own fault they are now such a problem as we introduced them to our country. I used to have three which visited my garden, and I protected my bird feeders and bulbs by installing a squirrel feeder, from where I fed them. Sadly this year, in fact since last summer, I have only seen one squirrel disappearing over the fence. I only hope nothing has happened to the other two and that they will return to the garden to feed this coming winter.

26 Jul, 2015

 

I was in my garden one afternoon with my grandaughter and a dead starling fell down onto us, I got mad and yelled at matey as I could see him leaning out of his window and he had the gun, I was horrified because no way could he see into our gardens and know whether anyone was in them, I already had two holes in my bottom g'house, very tiny and although I could not prove it I think he caused them,I called the police and they came within a few mins, I showed them where I had seen him and that he often did it,they agreed that he was not allowed to fire over someones garden like that and yes he could have seriously injured someone, they asked if I wanted to proceed further or leave it to them to deal with, I said it was ok as long as they stopped him, he's never used that gun over our gardens since so think he took notice which was a relief to me, my blood still runs cold at the thoughts that he could have hit my grandchildren Paul..

26 Jul, 2015

 

Good grief what an idiot! Do you know if the police confiscated his air rifle? They certainly should be able to after a situation like that. I know my blood would be boiling.

26 Jul, 2015

 

I honestly don't know Waddy, I left it to them, I know he is aware of who reported him, as he glares when he sees me but he doesn't realise that I also recognize him and know where he lives .

26 Jul, 2015

 

LOL, hiya Steve...

26 Jul, 2015

 

Less of the old....ha ha!!!

26 Jul, 2015

 

Waddy....my next door neighbour who was also his next door neighbour advised him, I believe, on the guns(he was a firearms police officer with met police at the time)
Presumably, he would've needed a licence for the air rifle. But, I don't think it's illegal to shoot squirrels.

Blimey...Lincs...he sounds like a loony!!

26 Jul, 2015

 

Squirrels ! I always hear people saying about their destructiveness, but I have never experienced it. They come to the trees around here to collect nuts, but never come into my garden.
I am pleased about that :)

I'm glad to hear you see some insects. I don't think there are any in Carmarthenshire - except bluebottles.
But we do have bats so there must be a few moths around.
And bats are fascinating to watch aren't they :o)

26 Jul, 2015

 

We found a very young baby bat on our front path last week. it was crawling along and I thought at first it was a little baby toad. Our son has done lots of work with bats and advised us what to do, keeping it dark and cool during the day and putting it up on the roof near where it must have fallen at night in case its mother would fetch it - apparently they will do this. But it disappeared one day from a box under a cloth in the garage - goodness knows how it got out or what happened to it. It was only an inch long and although it could spread its wings it must have been hungry and too weak to fly..it was an amazing experience and we felt privileged to have seen it.

26 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, we had a bat for years at our last garden Hywel....although we never worked out where it nested. I loved hanging out the bedroom window on a summer evening , watching it swooping around.
Oh dear , poor little thing Stera....let's hope be was ok, although, it doesn't sound good

27 Jul, 2015

 

When I lived in the old cottage, the cat I had then used to sit on the roof and catch bats
:( She'd bring them in the house but they were always dead.
I think they lived in the woods across the road.

27 Jul, 2015

 

We used to watch the bats flying around our gardens, never ever knew where they lived then for a number of years we didn't see any at all, a couple of weeks back I swear there was one swooping around in my neighbours garden again, it was one of our very rare warm nights, still hoping to sit out and watch for more sightings...

27 Jul, 2015

 

Michael told us that the females roost together in nursery groups, often under the slates at the bottom of a roof, and all the babies "hang out" together! So you may actually have a roost in the roof without knowing it. That must be where this baby fell from and there is no visible sign of a roost at all, inside or out. This applies to pipestrelles, which are the commonest - don't know if the other kinds do the same.

27 Jul, 2015

 

I must admit, I and our neighbours have heard rustling noises at night and early morning from the roof but I think it was probably pigeons or doves on tiles but I did wonder when I saw the bats the other day.
Was that Bronwyn, Hywel? I'm surprised the bats weren't to fast and small for a cat to catch but shows what good hunters they are!

27 Jul, 2015

 

No, it was a previous cat called Fluffy, who lived to be 22 yrs old, and caught the bats right up to when she was 20 !
The one you remember was Blodyn :)
Bronwyn was Sandra's dog :o))

27 Jul, 2015

 

Oh yes........of course!

28 Jul, 2015

 

My word, that was a clever cat - wonder how she did it, they usually fly too high for a cat to jump!
I'm putting a photo of the baby bat in my photos if anyone's interested.

28 Jul, 2015

 

Yes...I shall go and look.i hope he was ok.

29 Jul, 2015

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