How are the birds doing in your garden?

Date: 2015-06-10 12:53:33 | Category: Bird Protection | Author: David Cole
How are the birds doing in your garden?

Pretty well I suspect, because to have reached this blog you will probably be one of the multitude of caring folk who are supported by one of the best bird food suppliers in the UK. I do not work for TWOOTZ but heartily support their ethics and enjoy the quality of their products – from time to time I do receive a packet of a new food line to trial – and very welcome it is!

There – my interest is duly declared!


I also support the work of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) – and encourage others to join their ranks – their communications are informative, helpful and sometimes a bit – no, very - worrying.

The BTO which is the UK’s leading bird research charity has recently posted this:

“Nature alert: Nearly one in five bird species in Europe is at risk of extinction according to the European Red List of Birds, compiled by BirdLife International and using data gathered by BTO volunteers. The list makes shocking reading, with illegal killing and land-use change among the factors thought to be driving the declines evident in many once familiar species.


The new European Red List, launched yesterday (last week) evening in Brussels, paints a grim picture for some of Europe’s iconic and best loved bird species. British breeding birds, like Turtle Dove, Kingfisher, Fulmar and Puffin are all listed as threatened at a European level.”


While supporting Puffins et al living in isolated locations is beyond most of us – the feathered lot that inhabit our own locations deserve plenty of support. You will see the results of your feeding programmes/programs in your gardens just now with the increasing number of fledglings being brought to your tables by the adults. Unfortunately it is a great time for cats as well, and the careful location and design of your feeding station can do much to allay the work of the furry – often well-fed, slaughterers – who are only doing what comes naturally.

A clear space around your table will prevent the rapid ambush and might give the little ones a chance to escape.