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This week I scarified our front lawn and raked out many bucketfuls of moss! I really wanted to leave some out in the garden for the birds to make use of, but it was so windy, I was worried that it would be blown everywhere. Then I had a thought – we had a pack of 2 down pipe filters left unused in our garage, as they were too large. So I packed the moss into them and hung them up with garden string from the obelisks in the garden.
(Sorry the photo has come out upside down, I even tried uploading it a second time, after changing it in the file) Perhaps someone could tell me how to get photos in the correct alignment!

But, to continue with the tale, to my great delight, the next morning I spotted a blue tit pecking and pulling out clumps of the moss and flying to the nest box on the side of our house. She has been very busy over the past few days making numerous trips to and fro, sometimes her beak is so full I wonder how she manages to fly!! She obviously wants a nice thick nest for her babies! I’m very pleased that the down pipe filters have a new function, and shall hopefully give the birds a helping hand in future years after the annual scarifying of the lawn.

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Brilliant idea!

1 Apr, 2017


this is an excellent idea as the pipe can be cleaned and put away for next year.

2 Apr, 2017


Thank you, and hopefully we will have another brood of blue tits this year again. We were really pleased when the nest box was occupied last year only a few months after being sited. I did clean it out last Oct and it was surprising how deep the 'bed' was. Hopefully the stuffed filters made things easier for the female who was building the nest this year.

12 Apr, 2017


That's a great idea... added to GoYpedia

16 Apr, 2017

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