Thursday 26th March Park Life
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When thinking about sorting out birds into their habitats it can be tricky because some habitats are quite similar. For example most of our garden birds are birds that live in woods as well. Birds, like Blackbirds have made our gardens, parks and school grounds their home because the can find all the things that they need to survive. Sea gulls, such as Herring gulls and Black-headed gulls, now stay in city centres to raise their families - in the past they would have only made their nests by the sea. Scientist think that Sea gulls like to live in cities because it is warm, light, there is plenty of food and high rise buildings are safe from predators, such as foxes. How many of these things are to do with human's life-styles? Don't forget about the rubbish tips outside our city centre - yummy sea gull food!
The other thing that humans have done is bring new species into the UK. Some of them are lovely, like the Little Owl. Some are not so pretty, like the Canada goose. Both of these birds live happily in our countryside and Canada geese really like to live in our parks. In London parks, and now across the South of England, is a very loud, beautiful, unexpected bird called a Ring-necked Parakeet. The birds that we see today have come from the few bird that escaped, probably 40 years ago. Here's a link to find out more about this exotic birds that have now made the UK their home.
At the moment scientists aren't worried about Ring-necked parakeets living in Britain. BUT they do use Woodpecker holes to nest. How do you think this might affect the native Woodpeckers? This is the sort of question that scientists will have to research.