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  • Forum Thread: How long do homemade fat balls keep?

    Hi, I want to make some homemade fat balls as Christmas presents but am very new to this so have a few questions. I plan to use biscuit cutters to mould them into pretty shapes like hearts and stars, to hang with string. Do I refridgerate for about a day? Then would lard set hard enough to be able to...
  • Forum Thread: House Sparrows Roost Destroyed

    A large colony of house sparrows has been roosting for years in a a couple of large conifers trees a few gardens down from me. During the day, they frequently come into my garden for food and to sit in a small tree and my hedge. I'm concerned to see that the large conifers in which they roost are...
  • Forum Thread: Birding and twitching

    Hi, My name is Holly, and I’m studying Product Design at The Glasgow School of Art, in Scotland. Our project at the moment, 'Fringe' is looking into sub-cultures. We have to choose a ‘fringe’ group that is often ignored by mainstream design. The aim of the project is to design a product or...
  • Forum Thread: school project

    Hi everyone, I am doing an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) for A-level, and I would like to design a product that would aid the conservation of wildlife, in particular, birds. Can anyone think of any problems that come up in the conservation of wildlife, that could use a product to help the problem...
  • Forum Thread: House Martin nests

    Hi. I'm new to the forum, so forgive me if I'm asking a question already answered somewhere. We have had, for the past few years, a small but growing colony of House Martins nesting in my workshop - now about 5 nests. Sadly, in the interests of a healthy working environment and to preserve my...
  • Forum Thread: Common Birds

    Hi There, I am a complete novice to wildlife and I am a new RSPB user so please excuse my ignorance. I live in Argyll and I would like to find some birds but I am unsure of what type of birds are common to the area nor do I know what to look for. Once I have a hand for it I aim to take some of our...
  • Forum Thread: Finch ID please anyone

    Carrying on from my post 10 days about the large flocking birds in the field out the back of me. These were fieldfares and redwings as they have gradually come down the field and are just the other side of my fence now (trying desperately to coax them into the garden!) Anyway there is another bird in...
  • Forum Thread: ring neck doves

    This past year I've had two ring neck doves visit my seed feeder (with a fixed bottom tray). Always together. Only had one visit before, a few years ago. Lately, only one of them has been visiting and there were some long dark feathers beneath the feeder (neighbour's cat's work?). Could these...
  • Forum Thread: Seabirds in Sussex

    Hello. I'm a writer, and am currently working on a story based on the South Coast of England... I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the kinds of sea birds one might expect to see along Sussex coasts? I am wondering about Skuas, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Gulls... what do you think? And would they ever...
  • Forum Thread: Keeping Bird Seed Dry in Feeder?

    Since we have started to have colder and damper weather I have been having trouble keeping the seed dry in one of my feeders. The Droll Yankee feeder is quite good and not bad. The other feed I have I find that the seed goes mouldy after a week or so in the feeder and then I have to clean it. Is there...
  • Forum Thread: Identifying bird?

    What is this bird I have completely forgotten it's name and I can't seem to identify it in my bird book. Wren? Blackbird? I don't know, please help.
  • Forum Thread: Malformed Mallard

    Hi all, I'm hoping someone out there are going to be able to help me with some information on what exactly is wrong with this female Mallard. What is this malformation called? What causes it? How does it effect the birds life? and any other info that will help me with my blog post for this...
  • Forum Thread: Identification assistance required

    There were two of these, more or less identical but the other was slightly bigger. From the books, I would say it is a rock dove but I live in semi-rural Sussex which is not where I would expect to find them. We have wood pigeons (more this year than in the past) and collared doves regularly but I do...
  • Forum Thread: Wandering lone gull. Is it injured? What to do?

    Hello, I'm a graduate student at Newcastle University. Near my building on the University campus for the past three days has been what I think is a juvenile Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull or Great Black-Backed Gull (See attached photograph or http://imgur.com/PzRUrx8). Normally, I wouldnt...
  • Forum Thread: camera opinion.....is this model any good?

    i`m considering the Fujifilm finepix S2000HD camera......is it any good does anyone know? or recommend another?
  • Forum Thread: natural food advice??

    i am still happily feeding bird seed variations to my garden visitors but would like any advice on trying some natural foods? i have been given lots of ideas like bacon and meat roast fat strips, obviously bread and others.....anyone got anything they`ve tried and had luck with? someone recently told...
  • Forum Thread: feeder worry, any advice on different or best feeders(in yr opinion).

    i currently have a feeding station with 3 hanging feeders, fat feeder hooks (without nets i might add) and a roofed bird table which i feed the birds from in my garden. they both get used regularly and would like any advice on another kind to get......i was thinking about a open table feeder or something...
  • Forum Thread: Pair of blackbirds

    I have a pair of blackbirds decided to nest above my patio window. This is under cover so the nest does not get wet when it rains. They have been nesting for around 3 weeks and both keep flying back and forth, but so far I haven't heard any babies. The male bird keeps tapping at something which...
  • Forum Thread: Ask an expert: Nest useage

    Doreen asked: Do wild birds live in nests all year, or only when raising their young? This is a very good question and quite apt at this time of year. The basic answer is that it can vary from bird to bird but most of the time a nest is simply somewhere where a bird raises its young, it is not necessarily...
  • Forum Thread: Hen Harrier?

    Saw what I identified as a Hen Harrier this afternoon, at Stocks Golf Club outside Albury, Herts. From a distance it looked like a pigeon, but it was unmistakeably a bird of prey, with a hooked beak. Thoughts?
  • Forum Thread: Chur Chur Chur

    Hi, I realise this may be a difficult question to answer, but this morning I heard a bird making a short sequence of churring noises. Chur (pause) Chur Chur. Any ideas of what this good be? Thanks, James
  • Forum Thread: Can anyone tell me what bird call this is?

    I recorded a bird? call about 1am one night. I often hear this, sometimes during the day but mainly at night and have no idea what type it is??? Any ideas anyone?? It's @ 7sec into audio.
  • Forum Thread: What bird is this please?

    Hi there - this is not the best picture but does anyone think they could tell me what bird this is please? It is probably obvious to most, and I am a total novice! Any help would be much appreciated thanks!
  • Forum Thread: Can anyone help identify this little fellah?

    This 'robin-sized' bird has been a frequent visitor to our garden over the past few days and just wondered if anyone knew what species he/she maybe .... possibly a warbler of some description?
  • Forum Thread: Big Buzzard type bird? Please help identify :)

    I took this photo from quite a way away and then it flew off pretty quickly so I only got two blurry photos... Is it just a buzzard?? Thanks very much & hope you're all having a good Saturday :)