Articles in Category : Home & Garden

May 2016

Garden Birdwatch

With Amanda Skull

BIRD FEEDING TIPS Welcome to this month’s Bird Watch. I’m one of two Ambassadors for the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch Scheme in South Wales. Subject of the Month: Feeding The types of food you offer your garden

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May 2016

Important Information for Landlords

With the start of the new financial year now underway, Land-lords need to start planning on how to deal with the many tax changes that start this year and how that will directly affect them says Hannah McCartan MD of Swansea based McCartan Lettings

  The first of the changes to the wear and tear allowance will affect every landlord with a furnished rental property. Wear & Tear Allowances – So what are the changes? From 6th April 2016 the 10% allowance will be

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April 2016

Dig It

With Fulke Andel Gardening advice for the new and not so new gardener

Well it’s time to get motoring with preparing the vegetable gardenfor this year’s crops especially peas and beans. As runner beans are notoriously hungry plants I thought I’d share with you how I prepare my runner bean bed (see all pics right from left

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April 2016

Weird & Wonderful

BAY BUGS with Dr Isabella Brey

Flies by name, related to wasps by nature, but largely vegetarian in their tastes and at the same time considered tasty by many, sawflies truly are some of the strangest insects in Britain. With over 500 resident species they are not uncommon, but many lead

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April 2016

Cats Protection

Homes needed for cats

SWANSEA AND DISTRICT BRANCH OF CATS PROTECTION ALWAYS HAS CATS LOOKING FOR THEIR ‘FOREVER’ HOMES. HERE ARE JUST A FEW PICTURED ON THESE PAGES… Ben is a young male cat about 18 months old, unfortunately the children in the family

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March 2016

Special Homes Needed for Special Cats

Swansea and District Branch of Cats Protection is appealing for owners to adopt one of their special cats in the charity's care this winter

We have many loving cats requiring a home but we are having great difficulty in finding new owners for some of our older and problem cats. At the moment we are looking for homes for two FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus)

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March 2016

Garden Birdwatch

With Amanda Skull

Welcome to this month’s Bird Watch. I’m one of two volunteer Ambassadors for the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden Bird Watch scheme in South Wales. Each month I introduce you to a bird or other animal that you might

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March 2016

Dig It

With Fulke Andel Gardening advice for the new (and not so new) gardener

Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the heavy rain. It strikes me that ever since the Met Office started naming the storms, they’ve become more productive. Perhaps we should petition them to go back to having anonymous storms! I

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March 2016

Bay Bugs

With Dr Isabella Brey

Going it alone Bees are among the first insects that can be seen out and about again in spring. But only some of the bees happily buzzing around the cheerful spring flowers are our carefully tended and pampered honeybees, which

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March 2016

The New Welsh Landlord Licensing Scheme

By Hannah McCartan, MD of Swansea based McCartan Lettings who offers advice to landlords on the new Welsh Landlord Licensing Scheme

What is the New Welsh Landlord Licensing Scheme and Does It Apply to Me? The New Landlord Licensing Scheme, known in the region as Rent Smart Wales, is legislation introduced at the end of 2015 to improve the image and

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March 2016

Bay Interiors

Chantele Cross-Jones looks at inspired looks for nurseries

COOL NURSERY THEMES Designing and decorating the nursery is one of the most fun things you can do on the lead up to your little one’s arrival. You may decide to go down the simple route and pick up all

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February 2016

Dig It with Fulke Andel

Gardening advice for the new ( and not so new) gardener.

Now, that was definitely a wet couple of months! The high winds and torrential rain has caused havoc in my garden, with fence posts snapped and long established fruit trees loosened in the ground. One of my plastic cloches took

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February 2016

Heralds of Spring

With Dr Isabella Brey

  BAY Bugs with Dr Isabella Brey   After months of seemingly never-ending darkness, rain and gales, few things are better at lifting the spirits than catching sight of the first butterfly of the year. Many times the source of

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