Urban wildlife, y'know, like badgers and hedgehogs and that

cat, geckos, bears, primates etc.
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Post by Gordon » Sun Aug 09, 2009 23:05

Aww...

He looks like a doorstop/boot-brush.
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Post by mimpkin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 14:05

Anyone else think there are millions of butterflies around this year? Loads more than usual?
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Aug 11, 2009 14:09

Yes. They're fucking terrifying.

I saw a hare the other day. It was massive. Unless it was a kangaroo.

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Post by mimpkin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 14:14

Maybe the squirrels will eat them ;)

I love hares, but I wouldn't want to get in a fight with one.
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Post by humblebee » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:27

I'm working in the conservatory today, cos I thought I ought to try and remember what daylight looks like. It's brilliant! There are pretty robins and blue tits skittering around the garden and every half a minute a squirrel hops past the door with a cheeky grin and a nut in his gob.

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Post by oldgreentieon » Fri Aug 12, 2011 09:17

Two of these (moths? butterflies?) were hanging around outside our house the other day. One was on the front door as I arrived home, and it's size (maybe an inch and a half long) and exoticness (to my eyes) made me do a little shocked backwards step. Took some photos, but only of it's outside wings - dunno what it looks like in flight.

What is it? It's not in my Complete Guide to British Wildlife.
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Post by Carys » Fri Aug 12, 2011 09:30

We've got loads of them in our garden too. Very pretty.

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Aug 12, 2011 09:34

I had a very close encounter with a bat very early this morning. Bats are shit scary things, aren't they?

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Post by bulgariandisco » Fri Aug 12, 2011 09:45

a layer of chips wrote:I had a very close encounter with a bat very early this morning. Bats are shit scary things, aren't they?
Are there any creatures you're not terrified of Sam? I like bats.

I'd never read this thread before; it's most entertaining. Does anyone have any top tips for stopping other people's cats shitting on the gravel in front of my house? I'm down with the badgers, squirrels and foxes, but not so keen on cats pooing in front of my house (where I keep my bike and have to tread every morning). Much obliged, cheers!

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Aug 12, 2011 09:48

I like cats and wild rabbits. Domestic rabbits shit me up. They're so big. Especially those white ones with red eyes.

Maybe you should get put some signs up asking the cats to shit elsewhere, Graeme. Start off polite, like. You'll have an air rifle within a month, I bet.

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Post by bulgariandisco » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:19

I couldn't possibly repeat some of the suggestions my father-in-law has made about dealing with cats.

It's the way that they look at me in the morning as I pass them that annoys me most. They know.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:39

I had many, many years trying to stop next door's cat making our garden inhabitable with poo (I used to think it was several cats but it turns out it was just the one - I'm amazed that one animal could make so much mess but it was a rather large cat with dietry issues). I tried every possible remedy and nothing worked - the best I achieved was moving the place she went to another (usually more inconvenient) area.

Anyway she died at the end of last year and we now have a poo free garden. So that's the only solution I can recommend: wait until it dies.

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Post by julieocean » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:05

Citronella and/or orange peel are supposed to work as cats aren't supposed to like citrus-y things, but speaking as someone whose cat eats lemon curd on toast I'm not convinced. Squirting it with a water pistol might be effective, but it's open to question how ethical that is (it won't actually do any damage to the cat though - it depends how desperate you are).

The best method of stopping strange cats from crapping in your garden that I've ever found though is to get a cat of your own. This does have two drawbacks though:

a) it's not a very good idea if you don't like cats
b) it only stops STRANGE cats from crapping in your garden (and not cats crapping in your garden per se)

It also only works if your cat is a brave outdoors type that imediately claims your garden as its territory and takes on all-comers, rather than a nervous wreck that is terrified of EVERYTHING and likes to eat lemon curd on toast.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:05

julieocean wrote:Citronella and/or orange peel are supposed to work as cats aren't supposed to like citrus-y things
I tried that and it didn't work.
julieocean wrote:Squirting it with a water pistol might be effective, but it's open to question how ethical that is (it won't actually do any damage to the cat though - it depends how desperate you are).
I could never bring myself to do that. It's the method my Dad swears by but I don't think it is massively successful.
julieocean wrote:The best method of stopping strange cats from crapping in your garden that I've ever found though is to get a cat of your own.
That's what all cat owners always give as the solution. I do quite like cats but I don't really want one. I couldn't deal with the killing small animals thing.

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Post by julieocean » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:34

I'm less bothered aboout the killing small animals thing (which is pretty distressing nonetheless) and more bothered about the not killing small animal thing - when they bring it home all carefully and lay it your feet and it suddenly wakes up and starts hopping around the kitchen. And don't even get me started on the frog torturing (they make the most bloodcurdling noise, it's awful - cats seem to like that. A LOT.).

My cat was a proper killer when we had a catflap at my old house, but since I came here she doesn't go out much because she doesn't like being shut out. She's getting a bit old and slow as well. I don't think she could catch birds anymore even if she could be bothered to go and look for them.

Probably good news for our local wildlife.

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Post by islandhopper » Fri Aug 12, 2011 13:35

a layer of chips wrote:I had a very close encounter with a bat very early this morning. Bats are shit scary things, aren't they?
Our cat once brought one into the house. You really wouldn't like the sound a bat makes when it's shit scared and hiding under a bookcase.

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Post by Carys » Fri Aug 12, 2011 16:32

You should hear a frog screaming. Harrowing.

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Post by Silver Girl » Mon Aug 15, 2011 14:47

julieocean wrote:
The best method of stopping strange cats from crapping in your garden that I've ever found though is to get a cat of your own. This does have two drawbacks though:

a) it's not a very good idea if you don't like cats
b) it only stops STRANGE cats from crapping in your garden (and not cats crapping in your garden per se)

It also only works if your cat is a brave outdoors type that imediately claims your garden as its territory and takes on all-comers, rather than a nervous wreck that is terrified of EVERYTHING and likes to eat lemon curd on toast.
Ah, that's why mine lets all-comers have a go at pooing in the borders. I've found the best solution is bark chippings, they don't like the smell or the texture (though it might not be too practical on gravel?)
Never mind the water pistol, a friend's uncle used a catapult and blu-tack. Hard enough to sting and deter but too soft to do lasting damage.
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Post by oldgreentieon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 16:00

We use a combination of politely shooing them away, bits of orange (regularly replenished), some cat-shaped scarecrows (regularly moved to new positions), lots of twigs sticking out of any bare patches of soil, and clearing away any poo very quickly. It almost works.

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Post by julieocean » Mon Aug 15, 2011 19:11

oldgreentieon wrote:We use a combination of politely shooing them away, bits of orange (regularly replenished), some cat-shaped scarecrows (regularly moved to new positions), lots of twigs sticking out of any bare patches of soil, and clearing away any poo very quickly. It almost works.
Blimey, that's proper dedication. When do you find time to eat/sleep/go to work?

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