Birdwatching is so much better with a pair of binoculars to hand. You can get up close, see the colours and the detail, understand so much more about behaviour. But when it comes to choosing the right pair of binoculars, the technical specifications can be bewildering and the selection overwhelming. In this article, we help you find the bird watching binoculars that are right for you.
Love them or loathe them, the wood pigeon, (Columba Palumbus), is a common sight in most of our gardens. Once a shy, woodland bird wood pigeons are thriving in the UK – and they seem to always be hungry! So let’s take a look at what precisely these birds eat, and why, at a time when so much wildlife is under threat, wood pigeons are doing so well.
Though the plants in your garden might not be putting on much of a show during the winter months, the bird table certainly is. With our year-round residents joined by flocks of cold weather migrants, there is plenty to see. So wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate, or even a mulled wine, and let’s take a look at who’s at the bird table in winter.
With autumn here and winter on the way, the ground will soon be too hard for worm digging and insects are getting scarce. Berries are a vital source of food for birds in autumn and winter. As well as a bright spark of colour for us to look at in a dull garden too. So This week we are taking a look at which shrubs have the best berries for birds.
It’s a good question, and as with many things in nature, the answer is “It depends”. There are a lot of factors that determine when birds start nesting. These include the weather, the species of bird, the age of the individual bird, how long the bird takes to build its nest and how long chicks take to fledge.
After the dark months of Winter, there is an air of expectancy as we enter Spring. The arrival of Swifts and Swallows is often evocative of childhood. In the last 20 years, numbers have greatly declined, due to climate change, fewer insects or through the loss of suitable nesting sites. As we await their arrival, do you know the difference between a Swift and a Swallow?
There’s no denying that if you feed birds in your garden, you run the risk of attracting rats. But there are plenty of simple strategies you can put in place to keep the birds happy and keep the rats away. In this article, we are going to show you how garden birds and rats don’t … Read more
Why is one garden full of wild garden birds whilst its neighbour gets no feathered visitors at all? It’s all about offering birds what they need and making them feel safe and welcome. Getting Wild Birds into Your Garden: Nesting and Nurturing. If you’ve been following the advice in Part 1 of this series for … Read more
Birds find it difficult to come across natural supplies of food between October and April, so now is the perfect time to start feeding your local birds, if you don’t already. One of the easiest ways to attract birds to your garden is by adding a bird table. They are affordable and provide a valuable … Read more