Where have all the birds gone?
Swallows failed to return this year? No blue tits on your peanuts? Where are all the starlings? We've got the answers - and some advice.
Why birds disappear
It's understandable to be worried when it seems that birds have gradually or suddenly disappeared from your garden, or local area.
Often, there are natural reasons for this though and there is nothing sinister at work. All sorts of factors, including what season it is, changes in the weather and the abundance of nuts and seeds in the countryside can all have a big effect on what birds are coming to your garden.
In these pages, we describe and explain many of the real and apparent reasons why birds ‘disappear’ at various times of the year.
Are garden birds in decline?
There are natural ups and downs in garden bird populations over the year created by natural events, like the weather.
Birds over the seasons
Garden birds often seem to be rather thin on the ground in summer and there is little birdsong to be heard. What are they up to?
It's autumn but the food you so generously provided has gone untouched. Why aren't the birds hungry, and when will they turn up?
If birds don't come to your bird table, don't give up hope. They will discover it eventually! Find out more about the reasons behind their behaviour.
Where have all the starlings gone?
You might see big flocks of starlings in your garden at some times of year, but only a few at other times. Ever wondered why?