Would You Eat a Bird’s Nest?


You may have included nesting boxes in your garden and you might be lucky enough to have birds nesting in your trees and bushes. But you probably haven’t considered eating the nests! It might be a different story if you lived in the Far East and your property was hosting swiftlets.

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Birds Battle for Nesting Sites


It isn’t difficult to understand why it is farmland birds which have suffered the greatest decline in number over recent decades. Intensive farming practices have meant that a huge proportion of these birds’ natural habitat has simply disappeared. Hedgerows have been removed to enable farmers to plant crops right up to the margins of the […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Peter the Peregrine Falcon


Peregrine Falcons are the world’s fastest birds. Able to dive at speeds of over 200 mph when pursuing their prey, the falcons are an amazing sight. Unfortunately, their impressive speed does not prevent them from being shot. Numbers declined during the 19th and 20th centuries due to illegal killing by humans. Numbers have since increased, […]

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Rare Starling Spotted in Ipswich


Sometimes dedicated birdwatchers who feed the birds in their garden get the reward they deserve! A very rare rose-coloured starling has been spotted in an Ipswich garden by keen twitcher Rosie Forest. So, Rosie spotted a rosy! Birdwatchers have been flocking to Rosie’s garden in the hope of seeing the unusual visitor.

Friday, June 16th, 2017

An Ill Wind for Birds


It is vital that the right measures are put in place to protect wildlife and the environment. But sometimes our efforts to address one problem can have an adverse effect on another. There is no better example of this than the planned new wind farms for Scotland. These installations have pitted two lobbies against each […]

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The Birds with a Taste for Tandoori


Dogs have a habit of eating any food which they can sniff out but what about birds? It turns out that wild birds will adapt their diet to include whatever happens to be available and that could mean that they end up eating some rather weird and wonderful meals. But an adapted diet isn’t always […]

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Why can Flamingos Stand on One Leg for So Long?


It’s one of those questions that you can’t help asking yourself when you see flamingos isn’t it? These colourful birds spend a great deal of time perching on one leg and can even sleep in this position. It looks so uncomfortable! But we shouldn’t view other species from the perspective of our own anatomy.

Friday, June 9th, 2017