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  1. Chatting to a countryman/journalist that met him once. Asked what he made of him. Simply said, " Soft hands, sweats a lot"! 🙂 NB
  2. The battle for the Uplands against Authoritarian Conservation. Another well written great book worth a read! Reread, and valuable reference book! Everyone who cares about shooting and conservation should know who Ian Coghill is! He pulls no punches and has proper go exposing many truths that folk need to know about the failings of the RSPB and their agendas! Yet another book and author Avery has reviewed and slagged off! After both Ian and Mary Colwell having been guest bloggers on his site in the past. NB
  3. Anyone see/hear what Dr No had to say or meet him? Apparently he was invited and had a stage debate with Andrew Gilruth that was set up by Charlie Jacoby. I thought it was a joke at first. WHY? Why give him any kind if platform!? Or let him think he or WJ has any credibility! Is there something going on we not told about? He? They are anti shooting! We know they hiding behind conservation to try and get rid if shooting! End of! . . They even gave him a minder (called Nobby) and a free lunch. Disappointed! . . , . Rude Thingy wasted no time in whipping up the rabid mob to slag off Aim To Sustain. I hope they doers and more than a black slapping talking shop! NB
  4. Same here. Cost seem to put many off private jobs. Getting asked to doing more murals in recent years though. I have nowt like the fine line talent you have. Mine mainly simplistic interactive murals in schools, care centres/homes, community hubs NHS etc. Mainly nature/tree of life based if i have input on theme. Always been influenced by C F Tunnicliffe (remember the "what to look for series" ladybird books) since a kid. Keep it simple. Hardest bit i find is doing artwork along side day job/commercial work. little brush v big brush, roller etc. Hence i asked. Difficult to get an arty head on when other trades. noise and folk about. Often end up doing it evening/night/weekends when no one about. Tried to get other artists involved/do them for me but few keen to, can work on busy sites or at height. Or willing to change what they have done sometimes to match overall scheme/decor of job. Find it hard to put a price on creating any piece of art in a general estimate/quote to? Try to find out what budget they have got and create a work to it. I think that's why i have trouble finding other artists that can/willing to work to a budget. Suggested using students in past, but to much red tape/health and safety. . . Even in these difficult times always amazed there's funds available for such things and where it comes from. Co-Op and HLF funded last one i did. Another reason i ask is because at the mo i am looking into how/doing my most challenging one to date. Huge and high 1150m2 hall ceiling, over sprung wooden floor. Meaning only able to use manual light access tower and 2 weeks to complete whole thing. All came about after a random joke about Michael Angelo in a meeting. Been decorating 40yrs and met very few that combine both. . . . Sadly there very little demand now for the other old decorating skills of graining, marbling, gilding, sign writing and broken colour effects we learnt doing City& Gilds apprenticeship/college back then either. NB
  5. Nice work Scully! Do you get asked or do murals in the day job/ commercial side? NB
  6. Cracking day! And one hell of a view! NB
  7. Great birds! Looks like there maybe a third over by the grass? NB
  8. It's great you have got willow tits. Especially if they are breeding. As said very rare now! Used to see/hear them a lot in old osier beds on a couple of farms. They liked nesting in soft willow stumps. BTO boi's that ring on the farms were saying it is thought they don't breed in Suffolk now. Squirrels a big predator of them. Some think each pair needs 7hec for a territory. Seems a lot. NB
  9. NatureBoy

    under attack

    A lot of birds will eat fresh putty. Especially in Autumn/Winter. After the linseed oil. Snails to, along with the paint. Dogs will have it away to. NB
  10. Robins on 4th attempt and still feeding young. Blackbirds 4th attempt fledged 4 last Thursday and had started building a 5th nest Monday. Coal tits nesting in a box. A first for my garden. 🙂 Didn't realise until they hatched and started feeding young Monday. Goldfinches feeding nest of 5. Garden full of fledglings. Dunnocks everywhere. 2 pairs of greenfinches bringing young to feeder. Both cock birds have rings. Pressure off these late nesters and fledglings a bit now, as most corvids have now fledged grass has been cut and cattle on pasture for them to feed on. Fly catchers still about locally and nightingale's also nesting near by. Turtle doves doing ok. Calling less but seeing more youngster's about and all still coming to supp feed. Had new pair in my deaks other week when shooting over cover crop drillings. Found their nest site.🙂 seem to be less warblers about. Not looking good for wild english broods since we had heavy rain. 2 lots of barn owl and kestrel chicks been ringed from boxes. Smaller broods this year. Absolutely loads of stock doves about. 40+ 0n one drilled cover. Found a reed buntings nest with 5 young in a wheat crop. Looked so vulnerable. Still to many corvids about locally? Maybe the knock on from WJ meddling with GL? NB
  11. Just small areas of ivy valuable for wildlife if controlled regularly. Careful how i keep on top of it on my house. I experiment and manage different areas in different ways yearly. Others i know do the same. Always leaving some food and cover. Think hummingbird hawk moths also over winter in mine. Imagine very hard to control on stone walls, they another habitat in themselves. It has taken over my own panel fence and now protects it. Farmer has painting of lane i mentioned done in 1870, ivy looked about the same height 30-40ft on the old oaks then. Same on lot of old pics. We thought maybe it gets scorched back in winter or just a certain height it can pull nutrients. NB
  12. See where you coming from John. Would do same If thought dangerous or a problem depending on tree. As you may of sussed i am a big fan of ivy generally. . . Shame to see so many ashe's dying or woodland they are in being trashed. Cheers. NB
  13. WHY??? Kill ivy? Unless it is on dangerous trees? It's amazing habitat for so many birds and other critters. Few old trees near me being held up by ivy. Loads of wildlife on them. Have loads of different managed ivy on my house, sheds and fence. It's where many of the birds in my garden nest, provides food and cover all round. Plenty of info out there on the benefits of. . . Has there been a move again recently against ivy? We have had a random ivy assassin/s locally the past few years. Taking it apon themselves to roam and cut ivy that had been established on mature healthy trees for generations, by roadsides, footpaths, woods and in hedges. One lot both sides all along an old sunken lane with many ancient oaks. Completly destroying a very unique special habitat that many of us had known all our lives. Land owners not happy and now looks a mess with little wildlife or cover for livestock. We could only think by the evidence it was ignorant incomers who thought they could go anywhere and do as they liked. Or thought they were doing good. But no one ever saw them. Pun not intended. . . How many times has ivy given us cover, shelter or place to put a hide along a bare hedge in winter or roost wood. NB
  14. Bicarb mixed in to any left over fishing ground bait also works. Or in just bit of brown or white crumb Squirt of fish/ hemp oil, molasses or bit of additive masks bicarb the same and attracts them to it. Any non maze based livestock meal to. Still keep it covered and inacessable to any other critters pets and livestock. Ants don't like bicarb either. NB
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