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Nesting birds untie my string

Does anyone else have the problem with sparrows untying jute string? I have watched them tugging away at the string when I have tied in clematis and roses, they are very persistent.

I decide to offer some help to them,saved all the 'off cuts' and spent a few hours shredding each of the  strands to make them soft and fluffy for nests. I then put them, along with some cotton wool into a disused feeder. The birds love it and now leave my clematis/rose ties alone.
It is amusing to see little birds fly off with a great beakful of nesting material - like flying Father Christmas'
A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,471
    What a great idea!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,639
    Well done.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,842
    Blue and Great tits and a blackbird completely trashed the coir linings of my wall baskets for their nesting materials but you have to love them

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,910
    A blackbird here has been wrestling with a 2 foot long piece of twine tied to an old post for a few days now. I thought he'd give himself whiplash trying to yank it loose.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 642
    I had some old leaky cushions which I was going to throw away so I put the feathers from those into a feeder, its given me hours of entertainment! I have enough feathers to last until the next millennium. 
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    I hang out bags of the fur from brushing our dog....they love it. 
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    I want to know which bird went off with my hemp garden twine when I was tying in my clematis. The rest of it has probably merged with the soil. Or tipped over the fence. I am a green garden twine addict.
     I find tying in my plants very soothing.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,300
    Just seen a squirrel stealing several metres of good, new twine that I had, only tree days ago, used to tie up my Generous Gardener rose.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Jade3Jade3 Posts: 50
    I realise this is an old post, but precisely what is happening in my garden just now with the sparrow tugging at the garden twine and the blakbird also pulling off eco twine from where I tied the runner beans to the pole last year.

    Now what can we offer them as nesting?  I thought of putting yarn off cuts of cotton or wool but somebody said not to do that as it can get tangles around their legs and feet.

    Any suggestion for helpful alternative would be appreciated?

    I heard fur from brushing a cat or dog pegged to a line they quite like but I do have either animal as a pet.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,462
    Ladybird4 said:
    Blue and Great tits and a blackbird completely trashed the coir linings of my wall baskets for their nesting materials but you have to love them

    Our basket liners have suffered the same fate, but at least it's for a good cause.
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