Tweeting about sweet treats
From badgers to birds, Diane Hughes's garden is a haven for wildlife.
The Mercury reader, who lives in Gipsy Lane, Belgrave, Leicester, entices animals with cake and desserts.
Along with her husband, Peter, she has been welcoming birds and animals into her garden for over 30 years.
Diane, who works for Leicester dessert company Vittles Foods, said: "I love wildlife. I have a telescope and like to go bird-watching in Watermead Park.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
"A lot of the photos I sent in were taken when the weather was bad and there was snow in the garden."
Feeders well-stocked with reject bakery goodies have attracted birds including siskins, song thrushes, blackbirds and fieldfare.
"We have others, such as the blackcaps, but I would really like to see a waxwing here – I know they have been seen in other areas," said Diane. The couple have one regular fox visitor and their garden also proves popular with badgers, which have been calling for 18 months.
"The fox began visiting after I put a turkey carcass on the bird table," said Diane.
"Next morning it was gone so we knew it was a fox, so I started putting out bits of meat.
"It just seems to be one fox at a time and I have only ever seen one cub in the garden. The one who comes at the moment is really tame.
"At first there was only one badger, then two and now we get three.
"We feed them on cake and also put down peanuts and oats, which they enjoy.
"Having badgers in your garden means it's impossible to keep it tidy.
"I would like to see hedgehogs in the garden but with badgers around, that isn't very likely. It is amazing to have so much wildlife coming in considering that we are in a very busy part of town.
"A lot of the houses have gardens which back on to each other and we are quite near Rushey Fields.
"I love seeing the garden wildlife photographs in the Mercury and wish there could be more."
E-mail pictures of the wildlife in your garden to:
Add your name, where you live and your contact details.