It never ceases to amaze me how few people there are walking through the small conservation area near my home. Located in a largely urban area with few green spaces, you would think that this small oasis of calm would be of enormous appeal but it clearly isn’t. Just this week I walked for almost […]
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.
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 […]
They say that it takes all sorts but it is difficult to understand why anyone would want to collect birds’ eggs. Quite apart from the fact that the practice distresses the birds, the removal of eggs seriously threatens the survival of our native species. But there are still collectors out there, despite the practice being […]
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 […]
Fat Ball Bird Food Thefts Fat balls provide much needed nutrition for wild birds in the winter months. Fat ball bird food is almost guaranteed to attract birds to your garden. But you might find that your balls, if you will pardon the expression, are also extremely popular with other animals. If your fat balls […]
Illegal Egg Collections If you have a bird house or bird houses in your garden, the one thing you absolutely must not do is collect any eggs which are laid in them. You will be breaking the law and the penalties can be severe. The bird house may be on your property but that does […]