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Kent News Online 7th May 2016
It's that time of year when freshly hatched birds are taking their first tentative ‘steps’ away from the nest, and the experts are warning the public to leave them alone. While it may be tempting to scoop up an apparent ‘lost’ bird, the RSPB in Kent is urging people to allow nature to takes its course. Even if they are on public pathways or gardens, both in our towns and rural areas, the charity says.
“It is sometimes the safer option, particularly when it comes to baby seagulls. Their parents are notoriously protective of their young, and have been known to dive-bomb anyone straying too close to their chicks across Kent’s coastal towns.”
RSBP Kent spokesman Martin Jensen told us: “Herring gulls take parenting very seriously – whether they are on an unpopulated coastal island or in a town or city around the extensive Kent coastline.
“Defending their nest and their young is part of their DNA. On a coastal island, if a crow or a great black-backed gull tries to steal and eat an egg or chick, it will be repelled with all the parent gull’s strength and other gulls will come to assist. It is no different in the towns and cities of Kent.
“If the gulls believe their eggs or young are in danger, they understandably become very protective and can be aggressive in defence of their young.”
Mr Jensen, said other popular Kent birds can get in trouble too.
“It’s common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground in the county or hopping about without any sign of their parents,” he said.
“This is a situation that is perfectly normal, so there’s no need to be worried. These fledglings are doing exactly what nature intended, and left the nest deliberately, a short while before they are able to fly.”
Mr Jensen adds: “The young of most familiar garden birds fledge once they are fully feathered, but before they are able to fly. These fledglings spend a day or two, sometimes longer, on the ground while their flight feathers complete their growth.”
Responding to Mr Jensen’s comments the RSPB said: “If you find an injured bird or a nestling that cannot be returned to its nest, the best you can do is to contact the RSPCA at rspca.org.uk or by calling us on 0300 1234 999.”
Sussex Express 4th May 2016
Farmers Bird Count Results
Nearly 1000 farmers took part in this year’s annual bird count, recording 130 species across 900,000 acres. This is what they saw. February saw a flock of farmers, gamekeepers and landowners join forces to count Britain’s farmland birds. With 970 farmers getting involved this year, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count has been an incredible success. Farmers from up and down the country took part and together they spotted 130 species which is the highest number of individual species since the count began in 2013. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) vice president likes to pick a different spot every year to see if he gets different species in different locations. Last year it was the middle of the marsh, so it was dominated by species such as lapwing, golden plover and Brent geese. This year he stood in a field adjacent to his house with an elm hedge on one side and hawthorn on the other. This year his count yielded 21 species including three species of tit (great, blue and long tailed0 in the hedges and also there was a ring ouzel frolicking with the thrushes and blackbirds. The Game and Wildfowl Conservation Trust (GWCT) is already planning a Big Farmland Bird count for 2017 as they believe that there are three things that can be done on farms to help birds. They are nesting habitat, summer food and winter food which will encourage birds.