Everything you need to know about Starlings


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Once abundant, the Starling has experienced significant decline and is now a red-listed bird of conservation concern. Undervalued as a garden visitor, perhaps because it lacks the colourful plumage of tits and finches and tends to display greed, the starling is nonetheless a fascinating bird which we should treasure. Thankfully, the UK remains home to […]

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

An Update on Birds and Wind Farms


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Wind turbines represent a threat to wild birds. This is an issue that we have looked into before and one which is making headlines in many countries across the world. The need for sustainable energy is driving an increase in the number of wind farms being established but these developments often prove to be controversial. […]

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Big Farmland Bird Count returns for its fifth year


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From February 9th till the 18th 2018, the annual Big Farmland Bird Count will return. Similar to the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, which just took place at the end of January, the Big Farmland Bird Count is a citizen-based science survey, calling upon farmers, gamekeepers, or anyone who lives within farmland to take half […]

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Farming Subsidies Boost Wild Bird Populations


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Wild flower meadows and hedgerows are crucial for biodiversity and are important habitats for wild birds. Unfortunately, an incredible 97% of British meadows have disappeared since the 1940’s due to increasingly intensive farming. Meadows, field margins and hedgerows were lost in a very short space of time and the result has been a dramatic decline […]

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Hawfinch Invasion Hits Britain


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The UK’s largest finch, the hawfinch has a massive, powerful bill. Shy and so infrequently seen, the hawfinch has become an even rarer sight in recent years. Numbers have proved difficult to determine, however, as hawfinches generally keep themselves to themselves. Finches Usually Restricted to England Hawfinches have been mostly restricted to England in the […]

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Wild Birds and their relationships with Neighbours


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We all treasure good neighbours and it would appear that wild birds feel the same way. Scientists have discovered that birds have issues with bad neighbours too and prefer to live close to family and friends! Research in the Seychelles Researchers from the University of East Anglia recently studied a wild population of Seychelles warblers […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

How to Deal with Pesky Pigeons


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Pigeons are always a contentious issue. Whilst some people enjoy feeding the birds, others view them as flying rats. It is certainly the case that large populations of pigeons in urban areas can wreak havoc on the local architecture. Pigeons can also prove disruptive to businesses, particularly those selling food. Cafes are often besieged by […]

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017