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Preventing Food Poisoning in Birds

  Occasionally you may come across a dead or dying bird near your feeding area. The diagnosis is more likely than not that the bird has contracted a form of food poisoning. These issues are less likely to occur in the wild as birds just wouldn't feed in such numbers at the same time and same place day after day... The good news is that this is easily sorted: - If you feed a seed which has a husk, clear up the waste regularly. - Feeders and bird tables need to be cleaned every few weeks using a proper disinfectant. - Move your...

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How to feed your garden birds without attracting rats

Worried that Feeding garden birds will attract rats?

Tom Waters, one of the RSPB's wildlife advisors, said: "We have lots of calls from people who've spotted rats in their garden and are worried they will have to stop feeding their garden birds.

But as long as a little common sense is exercised, you can keep the birds in your garden happy and well fed without ever having to see another rat again."

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British Bird of the Month: Goldfinch


This small finch is strikingly colourful with a bright red face, golden brown body and bright yellow wing bars. It is noticeably more slender and dainty than its chaffinch and greenfinch relatives. They have a delightful liquid twittering song and call which is what usually first attracts you to their presence.

They can be found where there are scattered bushes and trees, rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants. They are year round residents, but are absent from the extreme north-west. They are even now common in Australasia after being introduced by settlers.

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The Wiggly Podcast - Episode 268 - The Morning Commute (to a very naughty Bull)

In this episode join Heather and Phil on their very long (across the yard) commute to work. They discuss Phil's boots before Heather pops into the floristry to chat to the lovely Lydia and Trish about what blooms we currently have in stock. Our fresh flowers can be ordered from

On the way, they see Our new worm superstar, Cookie, who lets you know how many worms he can send each week and chat to Monty who's cleaning out the grain store ready for this year's harvest. Finally Phil and Heather visit Puffin, our young Bull, who's been put into isolation after some amorous adventures to visit the neighbours' cows... Who know cows could jump fences and hedges :)

In this week's ASK WIGGLY, Heather gives advice on how to introduce a new tray to your worm composter.


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British Bird of the Month: Great Tit


The Great Tit is the largest European tit – about the size of a House Sparrow. It is found throughout the UK and is the most scientifically investigated British bird.

Males can be separated from females as they have a much broader black stripe down their belly.

The Great Tits’ song is varied, and this can give the impression that there are more of them in a territory than there actually are. It’s perhaps best known for its piercing “teecher-teecher” song which is usually heard in the spring and summer.

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