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Nesting box question
Dave - CH
Evening. Questions, from Switzerland, about 3 nesting boxes. We have three boxes (of 6) which - up until a few days ago - were the subject of much activity (building) from great- and blue tits: 1. Wall mounted box in front courtyard of house (blue tits). 2. Wall mounted box in front courtyard...
12 Apr 2012
Re: Starling broods this year
Hello Starlings have been in decline for a number of years. Its a bit too early to see what sort of year they have had nationally but between 1995 and 2007 the population declined by 31% according to the Breeding Bird Survey results. Some of the potential issues in urban areas are a lack of suitable...
2 Sep 2009
Re: helo help with creating wildlife area
Hi Dye This sounds like a really interesting project and it would be great if you could share some pictures of the site with us so we can see what it looks like. Doggie has given a couple of good links there for planting advice and ponds, a water feature has great benefits to various wildlife and...
10 Oct 2011
Re: Ladybird winter shelters
Hello James and welcome. Hope you find plenty of info and inspiration here... Try this..RSPB Homes for Wildlife Fact Sheet no 21. http://www.rspb.org.uk/hfw/factsheets/HFW21.pdf
31 Aug 2010
Re: Pallas's Warbler??
Hi, Firecrest is same size as goldcrest with white eyebrows and whitish underparts. Firecrest is more bronzey green than Goldcrest. S
18 Jan 2010
Re: Mystery of the Leaf Cutter Bee
It is possible that they have done their bit for the season. A couple of my colleagues here in Wildlife enquiries have noted a similar pattern, lots of activity in June, making nest holes in shop bought bee boxes and a hose reel holder. You could try to provide more holes for them by getting a block...
5 Jul 2010
Swallows, Swifts and Martins feeding habits
Could anyone explain to me why these birds cruise at diffeerent altitudes on different days? It used to be said that, if they were flying low, it was a sign that rain was to be expected. Do they catch different insects at different altitudes or are the insects they prefer to be found at differnt altitudes...
30 Jun 2012
Re: Is feeding birds reducing insect numbers?
This is an interesting point but FalcoJock is on the right lines. Feeding garden birds is beneficial and does help many species survive, this has been proved to be the case through a number of studies. However, the declines in insects across the UK are far greater than could be caused by small increases...
16 Jun 2010
Re: Bugs on windscreen
I think the survey you mention was the Big Bug Count back in 2004, i remember the term 'splatometer' being used as a way to count the bug killed on number plates. The results showed a surprising lack of insects, one splat every five miles of driving. The lack of insects is a worry both in gardens...
19 Aug 2010
Hello We are going to build nest boxes (recycle works) at school and we would like to know if it's possible to use only mineral oil (without other materials like linseed oil) to deal nest them and if it's possible to deal with engine oil used (from cars) to nest birds and to nest insects. We...
9 Mar 2010
Nest Box Hygiene
Last year we enjoyed watching a family of Great Tits using the next box outside our kitchen window for the first time in years. Over the weekend I though I would clean it out as I had heard it was better to start empty every year. The nest was built out of moss and hair so I showed it to my 15 year old...
2 Apr 2013
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