‘Tips for saving Britain’s birds’

Posted on February 27, 2011


On the 25th February, an item was posted on guardian.co.uk titled ‘Tips for saving Britain’s birds’.

‘… Birds, and songbirds in particular, are a hot topic at the moment, thanks to the Songbird Survival Trust’s controversial plans to cull a number of crows, magpies and other members of the corvid family. The cull, due to be carried out next month, has attracted opposition from a number of groups, including the RSBP, which places the blame for the declining number of British songbirds, on habitat loss and pesticide use. Others point out the Trust’s links with sporting interests and question its real motives.

But whether the cull happens or not, the fact remains that many songbird species are in what looks like terminal decline …

So what can you do to help encourage songbirds in your garden? The Mammal Society estimates that a shocking 55 million birds per year are killed by cats, so the first thing on your list should be trying to keep your cat on a short leash, or at the very least, putting a belled collar on him in order to give local birds adequate warning. Another way to help is by providing a ready supply of seed during the winter months, preferably delivered via a high bird table, which further reduces the risk posed by cats.

Gardens are also a breeding habitat for around 20 percent of birds, so providing them with a decent nesting box can also be helpful. Our favourites are by Sparrow & Finch whose bird houses and feeders come in a multitude of designs and a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Since they’re also made from FSC certified wood and painted using Farrow & Ball’s low impact emulsion, they also make sense in terms of sustainability too.

Lastly, you can get involved by supporting wildlife protection groups such as the RSPB and The Songbird Trust …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/25/tips-saving-britains-birds

Email Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and protest against the proposed cull of corvids NOW, at caroline[at]carolinespelman.com


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