Talking of things composty, and to indicate just how varied nature can be, I spent some time yesterday watching a female blackbird gathering nest materials.
Unfortunately, she'd chosen one of my plant trough liners as her ideal, and was pulling great chunks out of it, before flying off to a nearby ivy-clad tree.
Destructive, yes, but great fun to watch...
A few minutes afterwards, I had need to go to the bin....
With us having fortnightly collections and a bit of a warm week, as I opened the lid it was evident that the chicken carcass dumped in there last week had attracted quite a few "friends".
I say "quite a few" : approximately 100 juicy white maggots - (I didn't hang around to count 'em - it's a guestimate) - rolled, jumped, fell, launched themselves on to terra firma around the bin.
As if by magic, there suddenly appeared countless ants from God-knows-where, who set about these wriggling white invaders with great gusto and enthusiasm.
Sometimes wrestled by as many as half-a-dozen, sometimes by a loner, these maggots were well and truly routed within minutes, being gradually dragged away into holes/undergrowth.....a feast presumably ensued.
Ain't nature wonderful?