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Aniseedy secrets

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A lot of people who read my blog are avid wild bird twitchers, however, a lot of our sales come from our racing pigeon foods, too. In fact, the inspiration for our most popular bird food came from this industry. Many people know the story of our humble beginnings with making bird food mixes from friends, and it’s at this point that Chris learnt that aniseed oil is a great way of attracting pigeons back to their nest boxes, and that the liquorice/aniseed smell is delicious. This is why we coat some of our pigeon mixes in the oil, including the aptly named ‘trapping’ mix, to make sure those pigeons are trapped in the quickest time they can be! Pigeons are, in their tastes, very similar to a lot of the wild birds in this respect, we have added aniseed oil into the no waste wild bird food and found that...
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How to make a simple Bird Feeder

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The nights seem to be closing in very quickly and although we have had very warm weather this week, the colder weather is just around the corner, and the birds will be looking for more food to keep them warm throughout the colder temperatures.   It is almost the school Half Term Holidays l too, and If you are looking for a project  to entertain children or grandchildren then this could be a great family activity  for you all  which is relatively cheap, involves recycling and also feeds the birds and is educational too. Here are my instructions;  How to make a simple bird feeder You will need 1.An empty plastic bottle, any size is fine, remember though that it will weigh quite heavy when filled with bird food. 2.Wooden dowels, pencils, old wooden spoons – these will be the perches 3.Wire to make a loop,  or strong twine is fine too,...
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Jobs & Hedgehogs

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Autumn seems to be upon us and after such a lovely summer it’s a bit of a shock to wake up to dark mornings and much cooler temperatures. The gardens are looking a bit tatty now and leaves are starting to change colour and drop, and Winter seems to be very close. Tidying up the garden is a regular Autumn job to remove dead foliage and prepare the beds for the coming season but maybe it might be a good idea to leave a few plants for the birds. I’m not suggesting that your gardens are full of weeds but if you have any thistles maybe on your compost heaps their seed heads are a great food source for many smaller birds, including finches and sparrows. Nyjer or Niger seed is in fact thistle seed and is grown in North America, we sell this in our shop in various bag sizes,...
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