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  • Our native wild birds are in trouble! In recent years birds that were once common and widespread are now declining in numbers to the point many of our breeds of garden birds are now critically endangered. This is due to a number of factors including loss of habitat & use of pesticides.
    One of the ways we can dramatically help is to provide a clean, constant food source in our gardens.



    What to feed to attract certain species

    Wild bird seed mix - a good all rounder, attracts sparrows, starlings, tits, chaffinches, doves, pigeons, black birds

    Peanuts - high in fats & protein - attracts tits, finches, sparrows, starlings & siskins

    Sunflower seeds - high energy - attracts greenfinches, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, bullfinches, robins & blackbirds.

    Nyger Seed - high energy - attracts goldfinches & siskins.

    Insects - both live & dried - attracts robins, blackbirds & thrushes.


    Also much enjoyed by wild birds:
    Fat balls
    Rice (cooked)
    Fresh Coconut in shell
    Breakfast cereal
    Mild grated cheese
    Beef suet


    What not to feed

    Salted or roasted peanuts
    Cooking fat
    Dry dog/cat food
    Desiccated coconut
    Mouldy/stale food

    When to feed?

    It is best to feed year round, but birds require different nutrition during different parts of the year. During autumn and winter feeding high fat content foods are best and a fresh supply of unfrozen water is gratefully received.
    Spring and summer is baby season, avoid peanuts as these can choke baby birds instead chose high protein foods

    Hygiene

    It's easy to forget that hygiene is really important for feeding stations, after all you'd be forgiven for assuming that it wouldn't matter for wild animals. Unfortunately feeders and bird tables that aren't regularly disinfected are a breeding ground for bacteria & disease which can spread easily from bird to bird as they congregate in a condensed area. 
    Ensure you clear away any uneaten or spoiled food and regularly disinfect with an animal safe disinfectant.

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    As we make the transition in to the warmer months of spring and summer, one major problem all horse owners will agree on is flies!

    Flies work on the smell of their prey. Repellents work by releasing strong scent molecules into the air and animal, which confuse the insect by mixing in with and masking the smell of the horse, so they are unable to home in on the smell of the horse.

    The term ‘repellent’ may seem misleading though. These products don’t actually repel the insects but rather confuse their sense of smell.

    There are various forms of fly repellents for horses, available as ready to use sprays, which tend to be the most convenient method of applying the repellent onto the majority of horses.

    Wipes, gels and creams are ideal for use on horses that are anxious about the sprays.

    Citronella bands can also be used in stables, platted into manes and can also be used by handlers.

    Most natural repellents will contain citronella – one application will tend to only be effective for a few hours.

    Synthetic repellents may contain a chemical called DEET, slightly more powerful and last longer.

    Aloe Vera products can also be used as a natural repellent.

    Fly masks and sheets can all help against the fight of flies.

    We sell many fly repellent products in store, drop in and have a look – our experienced team are always willing advice on different products.

    All products available in store.

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    We have just started to stock these tasty ‘Iced Dog Treats’. Suppliers Billy & Margot produce these nutritious iced dog treats in three flavours. They are similar to Human Ice Creams but because they do not contain any Dairy/Milk Fats they cannot be called Ice Creams!

    The treats are 100% vegetarian only contain fruits, aloe vera gel, and oils as well as other natural ingredients.

    The Iced Treats can be enjoyed all year round, simply hold the tub and let your dog lick away!

    Why not pop into the shop and pick one up for your four legged friend.

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    Aloe Vera 24 July 2014 | Comments (0)

    We are pleased to offer these products in store - so many excellent reports on these products, not only for humans, but can be used on animals also. 

    Katie our 'Aloe' expert is on hand to offer advice and guidance on individual products.

    Aloe vera is an excellent preparation to use for skin conditions such as allergies, abscesses, fungal infections and many types of dermatitis.

    Aloe Vera is very beneficial in helping conditions of the digestive system, particularly where inflammation is invloved. Conditions such as stomatitis, gingivitis and oral ulcers can be helped with aloe vera.

    For wounds to heel effectively they must be kept clean and moist with a supply of nutients. It will need air and sometimes need protecting. Aloe Vera can aid the natural healing process.

    In some cases we may recommend you visit your vet in the first instance.

     

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