Roadside verges play a more important ecological role than many people probably realise, with many plant and bird species taking advantage of the micro-ecosystem that they provide. Because of their fragile nature, these roadside oases are in need of protection and careful maintenance.
The robin is one of Britain’s best loved birds. These chirpy little visitors to our gardens are always a welcome sight but it is easy to take them for granted. Here are some facts about robins which might help to understand your feathered friends a little better.
Contemporary architects just love glass and, to be fair, it is quite easy to see why. Glass makes the interior of buildings brighter and feel less claustrophobic, it also adds a twinkle to the cityscape. There is just one small problem with glass, though, and that problem is birds. Glass kills millions of birds every […]
Ecology expert Markus Eichhorn, from the university of Nottingham, has suggested that the UK’s woodland bird population could be boosted by the hunting of deer for their venison.
The latest State of the UK’s Birds report lists 67 species as being on the “red list”. This means that no less than 15 species have been added to the list since the last report of its kind in 2009. Conservationists are now calling for urgent action to save these birds.
Many of our most treasured species are struggling and so it is important that we all do everything that we can to help our wild birds to prosper. This includes the provision of food, water and nesting boxes in our gardens. The best bird houses are simple, wooden structures rather than ornate styles or plastic […]
A popular social media star is on the missing list. It is nothing new when a celebrity decides to seek respite from the limelight. But the star in question is a rare parrot and he has now dropped off the radar.
Geese and swans can be extremely feisty as I found out as a young child. I slipped whilst walking around the edge of a pond and ended up in the water. A nearby swan was less than amused by my sudden invasion of his territory and promptly clamped his beak around my big toe! I […]
Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Concussion? Are you fortunate enough to be visited by woodpeckers? Do you offer woodpecker food to encourage these fascinating birds to visit your garden? If so, then you will have observed their amazing behaviour. But had you ever wondered if woodpeckers get concussion or if that woodpecker food that you provide […]
Where Have the Blue Tits Gone? If you have been monitoring the bird activity in your garden this winter, you may have noticed that there aren’t many blue tits around. The British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) latest figures have revealed that Blue tit numbers are down and this is probably due to the abnormally wet […]