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The Art of Bird Tracking

Peter McNish

Scientists have found, through the use of tiny tags to track their movements, that common garden birds such as blue tits and great tits scour for food in the mornings in order to avoid predators. This kind of tracking is essential, as it allows us to monitor how birds forage for their food. But what exactly is it? What is bird tracking? For well over a century now, scientists have been tracking birds to study conservation and the ways they migrate. One of the main goals from bird tracking is to monitor where the birds are going. Researchers also want to...

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National Nest Box Week -14th - 21st February 2017

Peter McNish

What is national nest box week? National Nest Box Week is an annual event that has been running for 20 years now. It is an integral part of the ornithological calendar. The aim of National Nest Box Week is to encourage the British population to put up nest boxes, as this will help breeding birds. This will, in turn, help promote the diversity and conservation of our wildlife and ensure our feathered friends don’t disappear. When is national nest box week? Valentine's Day is the befitting start of National Nest Box Week. So every year on the 14th to the...

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Choosing Bird Food - Top Tips

Peter McNish

When it comes to choosing your wild bird food, you’ll quickly discover there are plenty of options. This article will help you understand what type of wild bird seed your garden birds will enjoy, and what will keep them returning back for more! Choosing your bird food What type of bird food you offer to your garden birds can be affected by factors such as the climate and the seasons. For instance, during the breeding season, when birds need to feed the young chicks, foods high in protein such as wax worms and live mealworms will be of a great...

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The Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 Bird Bottle Feeder

Peter McNish

As you know, this weekend the RSPB is asking children and adults across the nation to take part in their Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s the world’s largest wildlife survey and Sainsbury’s have created a guide to help you get involved. Why you should build a bottle bird feeder The fun activity shows you how to build a bottle bird feeder to encourage more birds into your garden. It’s an easy project and a great way to provide much-needed food for birds during the colder months. So, grab your binoculars, a plastic bottle and some pencils and help support the UK’s wildlife...

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The Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

Peter McNish

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the biggest bird survey in the world. In 2016, over 500,000 people participated, counting over 8 million birds in the process. What began as a children's activity in 1979 has grown and grown into the event we have today. It has meant the RSPB now have a snapshot of what our nation's bird climate is like, from 40 years of data recorded by you! When is the Big Garden Birdwatch 2017? This year the Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on the 28-30th of January, and it couldn’t be easier to get involved. This is why...

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