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Feeding the wild birds in your garden

Added: 16/01/15 : 13:13:15

Feeding birds is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to see wildlife really close up. In winter, birds may have difficulty finding natural foods such as berries, insects, seeds, worms and fruit. Any food you put out during these cold months will help birds survive until the spring.

The friendly staff at all three PetStop branches in Sligo (Carraroe), Ballina and Castlebar will be pleased to assist you with any queries regarding this article and can supply a wide variety of feeds.

What food?

Most kitchen leftovers can be used to feed birds. Bread can be crumbled up and scattered - moisten very dry bread first as it could cause dehydration.

Biscuits provide a rich source of fat, and cooked rice, pasta and pastry are packed with starch. Potatoes can be boiled, baked, roasted or mashed, and cheese - crumbled or grated - will be very popular with robins and wrens.

Fat is a wonderful source of energy - cut bacon rinds, fat from chops or blocks of suet into cubes.

Fruit, such as windfalls or bruised apples and pears, goes down a treat with blackbirds and thrushes. It may also attract winter visitors from Scandinavia such as fieldfares and redwings.

Beware: Grapes, sultanas, raisins and some artificial sweeteners can be very toxic to dogs and some other wild/domestic animals. These foods should be put on a raised bird table and never scattered on the ground.

Go nuts!

Fresh coconut in the shell is a great favourite with tits. Drill two holes in one end and drain off the milk. Saw the coconut in half and hang outside. Never put out desiccated coconut as it swells up inside a bird's stomach.

Peanuts are rich in fat and attract nuthatches, siskins, great spotted woodpeckers, tits, greenfinches and house sparrows. Peanuts may be naturally contaminated with an invisible toxin so make sure you buy peanuts of guaranteed quality. Use a darning needle to thread nuts in their shells onto string or put shelled peanuts in wire mesh containers or spiral feeders. Robins and dunnocks will eat crushed or chopped nuts. Never use salted nuts.

Bird seed mixes with sunflower seeds attract greenfinches and chaffinches. Dunnocks and finches prefer smaller seeds such as millet or canary seed.

Reduce risks

Many birds prefer to eat off the ground –  robin, blackbirds, thrushes, dunnocks, wrens and certain other birds are not used to eating from a table – so remember to place some feed on the ground.

Cats pounce from bushes and trees so don't put food nearby. Don't put food out late in the day, it might attract rats and mice overnight.

To reduce the risk of spreading disease, clean bird tables and feeders weekly and water bowls daily.

Bird pudding

    Make a mould, a half coconut shell is ideal, and thread some string or wire through a small
    hole in the base.
    Mix some seeds, chopped nuts, sultanas, biscuit crumbs and rolled oats in a bowl.
    Melt the same volume of lard or suet in a pan.
    Add the fat to the dry mix and stir well.
    Pour the mixture into the mould and leave to cool.
    When the pudding is set, hang the mould upside down in the garden.

Meal times

Natural food starts becoming hard to find in early winter, so October is a good time to start feeding birds. Feed them until the end of April, when they should be able to find plenty of food for themselves. Seeds are scarce in early spring. For chaffinches, greenfinches and other seed eaters keep putting food out during May.

A long dry summer hardens the ground. Blackbirds, thrushes and robins have difficulty catching worms, so put suitable food out for them until the earth is softer.

Water works

Birds need water to drink and bathe in. Try a dustbin lid or flowerpot base made of terracotta or plastic as a birdbath. Sink it into the ground, or raise it on three bricks to keep it stable. Keep it clean and only fill with clean, fresh water


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The Big Sale to end soon at Keith Taylor Furniture

Added: 17/01/15 : 07:47:53

It is almost the last chance to avail of genuine large price reductions for quality furniture in Sligo as the Big Sale at Keith Taylor Furniture is to end shortly.

The vast showrooms at the Castlebaldwin (N4) premises are crammed with bargains with owner Keith Taylor on hand and ready to provide a personal knowledgeable service for the discerning buyer.

Now celebrating 22 tears in business Keith Taylor Furniture is the name you can trust for quality, value and service.

But the sale will come to an end shortly.

For the highest quality at great prices for your bedroom, living room, home office furniture, carpets and rugs, kids and occasional furniture get along to Keith Taylor. You won't be disappointed.

Ample parking.

                 A vast display on view at Keith Taylor Furniture, Castlebaldwin on the N4

     Just some of the quality leather and occasional furniture on offer at Keith Taylor Furniture

                              The Big Sale will end soon at
Keith Taylor Furniture

              Quality dining room and kitchen furniture on display at
Keith Taylor Furniture

Check out the Value on the Keith Taylor Furniture website
Christmas Shopping in Cannings

Added: 14/12/14 : 11:43:02

Cannings on the Pearse Road (opp Sligo park Hotel) is a wonderland of gifts, pharmacy, Christmas trees, garden centre, pet shop, café and modern Spar shop all under one roof.

Lannons Pharmacy recently opened their third Sligo branch there and have proven to be an invaluable and long-awaited facility for the locality. Seasonal gift hampers, for all budgets, are a welcome specialty.

In the Garden Centre a vast selection awaits the avid or occasional gardener.  It's time to plant spring flowering bulbs like tulips, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils and many more New selection on evegreen Shrubs, winter and spring flowering heathers, beddings plants and planted containers.

Call in to see the vast selection.

Wide selection of Christmas Planters is also available in the Garden Centre with competitive prices. Christmas wreaths, Christmas twigs and holy tree bunches are also available.

Call in to see an impressive selection of new stock including Christmas decorations, scented oils, wide selection of giftware and lovely furniture like love seats, mirrors. 

High quality Christmas trees at favourable prices and wrapped for travel are on offer. With an abundance of free parking shopping at Cannings is a pleasure.


  See lots more at
  Cannings Facebook Here

Added: 11/03/14 : 08:48:46