After a particularly cold winter spring is here at last, breaking records as the hottest May day in history!
There’s all sorts of activity in my garden, a nest of blackbirds have just fledged, bees are busy and everything seems to have grown a foot overnight!
It’s sad to keep reading the reports of how badly the bird population is doing, the Tree Sparrow down by 95% , no that’s not a typo, 95%! The Starling 71%. I don’t think my daughter has ever heard a cuckoo- which was a common sound when I was growing up.
There are lots of reasons for the decline; the use of pesticides, loss of habitat, climate change, changes in farming are just a few. There are little things you can do to help. Cleaning your bird feeders regularly is important, here are some tips from the RSPB
- Keep your bird tables and surrounding areas clean and free from droppings or mouldy food, which can provide breeding grounds for parasites and bacteria. Try to avoid accumulating large amounts of droppings.
- Clean and wash your bird table and hanging feeders regularly (ideally, using a 5% disinfectant solution), and move feeding stations to a new area every month to prevent droppings accumulating underneath.
- Water containers should be rinsed out daily, especially during the warmer months, and allowed to dry out before fresh water is added. Droppings can accumulate in bird baths.
Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/feeding-birds/keep-your-bird-table-healthy#UDmsDih6ltpdiuh2.99
Putting up bird boxes can help protect from predators , see link for advise https://www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw/putting-up-a-nest-box