Wildlife tips for gar­den­ers

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A FARMER spoke to mem­bers of a gar­den­ing so­ci­ety about how he at­tracts wildlife to his farm.

David Tay­lor from Pikelow Farm at Mar­ton gave a talk for mem­bers of Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

The group meets reg­u­larly to hear talks on a va­ri­ety of sub­jects, go on vis­its and holds a se­ries of an­nual shows for mem­bers to dis­play plants and other items.

Mem­bers said that David gave a very in­ter­est­ing talk on how he at­tracts wildlife to his farm.

Meth­ods he uses in­clude plants to at­tract in­sects, pools and wild­flower ar­eas, as well as nest­ing boxes of var­i­ous sizes to at­tract birds.

Pauline Ped­lar, from the so­ci­ety, said: “He is a keen pho­tog­ra­pher and a big sup­porter of the RSPB. He showed some beau­ti­ful slides he had taken of the wildlife on his farm.

“David has a gar­den on the farm, where he grows plants that at­tract in­sects. At this time of the year he cleans out the the nest­ing boxes so that birds can roost in them over the win­ter.

“He says he puts bird­food in small troughs, as he can take more nat­u­ral pho­to­graphs this way. He ex­plained that by en­cour­ag­ing the small birds, this in turn at­tracts larger birds of prey such as spar­rowhawks. Also mice and voles come to eat the bird food so this brings in owls.

“He said he also col­lects rowan berries and keeps them in the fridge for field­fares and red­wings in the cold win­ter.

“Re­cently he has been pho­tograph­ing moths and it was sur­pris­ing to see just how ex­otic and colour­ful many gar­den moths are.”

The next meet­ing of is on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19, 7.30pm at Bolling­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre when Chris Bright will talk about fuschias.

Mem­bers pay £1.50 and non-mem­bers £3.

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