This year I have been plagued by Sparrow hawks in my garden.
This weekend was frightening as one killed a bird and ate the prey.
It came back for visits to eat it’s victim and even dug up the bird when we buried it.
I have also had a Tawney owl in the garden.
I must point out that my garden is only small.
It caused me to wonder why this was happening.
Yes we are on the edge of the countryside.
I do think that feeding birds excessively plays its part.
Birds that visit such gardens are sitting targets.
We should be aware of this.
As for my garden I am looking into a small vibrating line that will keep large birds away.
I hope the small birds will appreciate my efforts to keep them safe.!
This week the workshop at Palmstead Nurseries in Kent was challenging.
The speakers came from a wide variety of backgrounds.
All called for designers to face the fact that the planet is a precious place.
Noel Farerr suggested that a global image was important..
Mary Reynolds thought that any development of the land needs to reflect the needs of the land itself.
Tim o’Hare rightfully pointed out that soil science must play a part.
Brita von Schoenaich wanted us to keep in mind that trees play an important part in the future of the landscape.
All this requires us to take a long term view about the decisions we make.
These must be based on informed opinions .
They must take in views across the spectrum of ideas.
A individualistic approach is not going to be the answer because the problems are far reaching.
It seems that a sustainable strategy is the way forward.