Birds in the news 12

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Birds in the news 12

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Each week we will be featuring amazing news stories from all corners of the British Isles and around the world about birds in the news. To read the full news story just click on the title of that article.

 

7th June           Western Morning News     Insight: What's bugging our birds?

cuckoo3Some of our best loved birds are in steep decline across Europe, according to the most comprehensive study of the continent's wildlife and natural habitats yet produced. And part of the problem may be that humans are winning the war against the creepie-crawlies that love to invade our farms and gardens.

Up to a third of European birds are in dramatic decline, the EU State of Nature report shows. New ways of farming have increased the pressure on birds like cuckoos and yellowhammers.

But even the suburban gardener must shoulder some of the blame, with rising pesticide use and a taste for exotic plants which do not favour the insects our birds rely on, according to the British Trust for Ornithology, which provided data for the EU study.

5th June           Daily Echo                      Rats and squirrels at war with birds in Hampshire

squirrelGREEDY rats and squirrels are gobbling up grain intended to help struggling farmland birds make it through the winter say Hampshire researchers.

A new study, carried out by the Fordingbridge-based Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) discovered that more than two thirds of the food farmers put out for game birds and song birds is taken by rodents and common birds such as pigeons and crows.

The two-year study, carried out by Dr Carlos Sanchez-Garcia and supervised by Dr Francis Buner from the GWCT, involved putting camera traps on nearly 260 game feeders containing wheat grain on three lowland farms in Oxford and Hampshire during the winters of 2012 and 2013.

Over this period more than 160,000 photographs showing the various visitors to the feeders were taken and analysed.

Dr Sanchez-Garcia says: “This large scale study identifies that current feeding practices used by farmers and gamekeepers need to be revised to ensure that mainly target species and not pests are the beneficiaries of this important food source.

“Our previous studies stress the need to continue feeding in late winter and we would recommend that feeders are placed along hedgerows when efficient control of rats is maintained and to place feeders in open fields when no efficient rat control is carried out.

Photographs: Cuckoo (top) and Squirrel (bottom)

 

 

 

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