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    'what's The Point Of Wasps?'

    'You're having a few drinks in the garden with your friends, or a family BBQ, when a load of pesky wasps arrive to spoil the party. You haven't seen them all summer and then suddenly they're all over the place, annoying everybody, causing panic and helicopter hands. Sound familiar? August is the time of year when people start to ask 'what's the point of wasps?' The answer may surprise you. Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 species of wasp here in the UK? These include the parasitic wasps, some of which are so diminutive they are like pin heads. Of the 250 larger wasps which have a stinger, the majority are solitary and cause no upset to humans. However, when we talk about wasps, we're almost certainly referring to the our nation's nemesis, the Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris). To understand why these wasps become really annoying this time of year, you first need to understand their life cycle. Common wasps live socially like bees but, unlike honey bees, they haven't evolved a way of storing food to allow the colony to survive the winter. In fact the only survivors are the young, fertilised queens who hibernate over winter. They emerge in the spring to build little walnut sized nests where they they lay around 20 eggs. The queen feeds the resulting larvae until around May, when they mature and become workers. Then she focuses on more egg-laying and the workers get on with feeding them, enlarging the nest as they go along. By this time of year the nest has grown to around 40cm in diameter, often larger, and that nest can contains up to 10,000 wasps! Then, in mid August and September, a dramatic change takes place. The queen quits her egg laying (save a few that will go on to be future queens and males to fertilise them) and no longer releases the pheromone that causes the workers to work. Basically, these workers are made redundant, and are left jobless and disorientated. And the problem for us is that, although adult wasps are insect predators, that meat is to feed the larvae not themselves. In their adult state wasps are not able to digest solid food and need sugary liquid to survive. Now, with fewer or no larvae to feed, they become uncontrollably and insatiably hungry. Wasps love easy food such as over ripe fruit and your fizzy drinks. Towards the end of their brief lives, their hunger drives them to search for easy sugar at exactly the time when we are more likely to be using our gardens and outdoor spaces for eating sweet things. The timing couldn't be better for them or worse for us. So why are those who panic and try to swat them away more likely to be stung than those who remain calm? Well the problem is that these redundant workers have their own pheromone, which helps protect the nest from attack earlier in the year, and that's essentially a chemical rallying cry to other workers that the nest is under attack. So when you swat that annoying wasp and it feels under attack, that rallying cry will go out. Suddenly it all kicks off, and loads more wasps will start arriving in aggressive 'red-mist' mode, fired up and ready to defend their nest. This is why the best advice is to stay calm. Think of it this way, from May that wasp has been working its socks off helping to keep things nice on planet earth. Now it’s going to die. So why not give it a break, save your swats, put a bowl of sugary drink somewhere out of your way, and let it go out on a nice sugar rush :-) At the very least don't kill it. What's the point of wasps? Without them it’s likely that human life would not survive because, in the absence of their role as predators, our planet would be overrun by even more damaging insects such as aphids, ants and caterpillars.'
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    What Is It?

    don't let Bear Grylls see it, tasty protein boost!!!!!!
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    Boat cookware

    I thought it was the pirate that had only one leg.........
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    Men's Fashion

    Ditto. I think my head is on upside down........
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    Boat cookware

    Well you live and learn, if only I could come up with a retirement funding invention.......
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    Boat cookware

    I use a Cobb "BBQ" a lot when we are out and about, I was a little skeptical at first, but since getting this for our camper I have got rid of the BBQ and cadac grill. This bit of kit is really versatile and we often do a full roast when away camping including Yorkshires and roast spuds. One of the issues with wild cooking is that you don't have an oven, with a few heat beads this fella will do everything that an oven can do from roast to cakes to joints, as well as griddle, fry and BBQ. I cant rate it highly enough. The added benefit is that it doesn't smoke or get hot so is perfectly safe in the camper awning. Look em up on line they really are worth the investment if you have limited cooking equipment, and a week of BBQ and fried food really doesn't appeal when we are away.
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    Perching On

    Dropshotting is proving very effective especially on steep sided banks, canals and moorings, keep tackle light and it is great fun.
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    Theft From Boats At Oulton Broad

    Yes please report any incident to the constabulary, if it is none urgent use the online reporting as it beats the 101 queues, if a crime in progress 999. Whilst I cannot guarantee a prosecution, crime reporting does give us the statistics to have targeted patrols, surveillance and any thing else at our disposal. But we need the reports to come in. Also the common sense advice is to take your valuables off, fit security devices and get a local to check the boat often for if you are not in the area, it wont stop thieves but they will move to a less uncomfortable area. S.
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    Jeckells

    Had a new canopy this year from them, excellent quality and service.
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    Hickling Campsite

    I just found out the same company has a similar site at Dilham a few miles down the road called Canal Camping and is right on the Dilham to North Walsham canal if you fancy a change https://www.canalcamping.co.uk/
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    Memories Of The 80's

    The only one I can recall with a similar bridge nearby is the Hickling side of Potter heigham bridge, it is now a residence I think, on the left as you head towards Martham, and set up a little cut.
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    Hickling History

    Was Harry the gent who until a couple of years ago looked after the parish staithe at Hickling, if so I used to see him as I went to work. Timbo is right, Hickling still has that village feel, I have been lucky enough to live there for the past 10 years, the Greyhound is a proper village pub with all the characters that go with it, watching the football this week was a hoot, free chips and sausages to.
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    Boat Being Untied.

    Mrs W. HAS PREVIOUS FOR THIS, "THROW IN THE MUDWEIGHT" SAYS I. AND SHE DID ROPE AN ALL - "Well you didn't say hold onto the rope" she says!!!!!!!!!! Really!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Broad Ambition - The Model

    Phew yes the heat in the workshop can be unbearable, I checked the maximum on mine yesterday it topped out at 44.5 degrees at some point, glad I was in the air conditioned office and not in there for a living.
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    Fishing Season

    I use a fly rod a lot on the Broads often with great results, but only in season. Makes a nice change from sitting with a feeder.
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