4th May – Birds in the news this week!

//4th May – Birds in the news this week!

4th May – Birds in the news this week!

birds in the news

Find out what actions human are taking in communities across the planet to protect our bird population!

Birds in the News is a weekly feature. Visit this page every Wednesday to view and read local, national and international newspaper articles that have been published in the past 7 days.

Found an interesting news report about birds on the Internet or in your local newspaper?

Then please send it to the Schools Bird Box Team.

E-mail: info@birdboxproject.org.uk  

Daily Scotsman                       2nd May

Birds beating global warming by adjusting their egg-laying times

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/birds-beating-global-warming-by-adjusting-their-egg-laying-times-1-4116958

Birds’ ability to adjust their spring egg-laying times as temperatures rise could help them beat global warming, according to experts from Edinburgh University and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

eggsA study of tits, flycatchers and chaffinches has revealed that British woodland birds use spring temperatures to decide when conditions are ideal for nesting, helping to ensure chicks get the best possible start in life.

The timing of egg-laying is crucial, as it affects how much food is available to chicks after they hatch, scientists say. Chicks need to hatch at a time when their main sources of food are plentiful – hatching outside this period reduces their chances of survival.

For more than 50 years, birdwatchers have recorded the first egg-laying dates of British birds and submitted them to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO.)

The researchers combined 100,000 observations of laying date for blue tits, great tits, chaffinches and pied flycatchers with daily temperature records covering the same period.

They found that all four species are able to alter their egg-laying times in response to spring temperatures and  that this flexibility may enable the birds to continue to lay at the optimum time as climate changes. When spring temperatures were low, birds delayed egg-laying by several days. Warmer weather caused them to begin nesting earlier in the year.

The Argus           28th April 2016

Residents encouraged to help wildlife corridor flourish

RESIDENTS are hoping to preserve and bolster a safe haven for the bird and the bees between two parts of the South Downs.

Ovingdean Residents and Preservation Society have launched an initiative to protect a wildlife corridor among the suburbs of Brighton and Hove.

wildflowersThe society believes it will be the first corridor of its kind in the city and hope to provide a safe route for animals to move around the downs by protecting an "extremely visible and vital divide" between Ovingdean and Rottingdean.

In launching the initiative, the society is calling on residents to help support the retention and growth of the corridor.

Residents living close to the corridor are being asked to plant native flowers, shrubs and trees in their gardens to attract bees, nesting birds and other wildlife.

They will also be asked to consider leaving parts of their garden growing untouched to encourage stinging nettles and dandelions which provide a good food source and breeding place for butterflies and moths.

gorse2Campaign organiser Annie Gilbert said: "We've had some success and suffered some defeats in protecting green spaces from development and trying to stop trees being chopped down and plants being stripped away but this is a really positive campaign where everyone can get involved. A wildlife corridor is not a new idea, they exist all around the world and vary in size, from vast areas of wilderness to strips of land in amongst urban sprawl, but this is the first wildlife corridor to be identified in Brighton and Hove."

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