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Roasting tin fat can be lethal for birds, warns RSPB

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The RSPB has urged gardeners to never put out cooking fat for wild birds.
Wildlife experts say cooked roasting tin fat is extremely dangerous for birds – many of which struggle to survive at this time of year.
The fats remain soft when cool, and can smear onto birds’ feathers, ruining their water-proofing and insulating qualities.
Fat from the Sunday roast can also…

Gardeners will pay for ash tree death

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Gardeners could be hit with bills of up to £1,000 for removal of trees hit by ash dieback.
Experts say the disease (Chalara fraxinea), which threatens to wipe out Britain’s 80 million ash trees, could be as bad as Dutch Elm Disease, which killed 25 million trees in the 1970s and 80s. 
The Government was warned about ash dieback in 2009 –…

Bird cam

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Bird camera

Want to know what birds and wildlife get up to in your garden when you are not around? A new motion-activated camera from the RSPB means you really can watch the birdies. A bit like an avian version of Big Brother, this weather-resistant piece of kit will deliver round-the-clock video clips that you can watch on your…

Should gardeners keep cats indoors at night?

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Cat-owners should ignore a wildlife star’s advice to keep moggies indoors at night to protect mammals and birds, animal charities have said.
Autumnwatch presenter Chris Packham said that keeping cats indoors at night would halve the number of animals killed in Britain.

“Over 200 million animals are killed each year by cats. If you keep them in at night it reduces by…

Marc’s blog: for peat’s sake!

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I like to think I am a reasonably environmentally-friendly chap, writes AG news editor Marc Rosenberg.
I grow quite a lot of veg, herbs and salads, use hardly any chemicals in the garden, recycle around 80 per cent of my household rubbish and so on.
But apparently, despite all my efforts to ‘go green,’ I am considered by some to be an…

White flag on early peat ban

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Anti-peat warriors are licking their wounds after suffering a devastating setback.
Campaigns to bring a peat phase-out forward from 2020 to 2016, and calls for a tax on peat-based compost, have been brushed aside by the Government.
It has even been confirmed that targets to wean gardeners off peat over the next decade will be voluntary.
A similar ‘voluntary’ deadline set by the…

Celebrity gardeners stoke peat debate

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WELL OVER half of the UK’s most influential celebrity gardeners have failed to stop using peat in their own gardens, a shock survey revealed last week.
The poll, for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, follows ‘green’ gardener Alan Titchmarsh’s admission that he still relies on peat (AG, 30 April).
RSPB researchers quizzed 27 star gardeners including Bob Flowerdew (GQT),…

Alan Titchmarsh digs in over peat use

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Conservationists say they are “stunned” after TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh admitted to using weedkiller and peat.
The former Gardeners’ World presenter, who claims to have resisted chemical pesticides for 10 years, confessed he’d “occasionally” used Roundup weedkiller as “his back is not as well oiled as it was for double digging”.
To the dismay of green groups, Alan, who is regarded as…

Green groups call for peat compost tax

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Green groups have urged the Government to slap a £1-per bag tax on peat-based compost in the Budget on 23 March.
Wildlife and conservation groups say peat bogs dug up for compost are responsible for 630,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Buglife and Vital Earth are calling on chancellor…