It's for the Birds: Feed, Houses and Bittern Spotting


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It's been a tough winter for the birds. But one species has flourished in Britain. This winter's bitter cold has seen record numbers of bitterns fly to Britain from northern Europe to escape the bitter cold.

They are rarely seen here, in 1997 there were only 11 males left. But this winter there have been record sightings across the country, with 82 counted already. The snow has made the notoriously shy birds easier to spot. Because many of their natural feeding places are frozen, they have been seen out in the open more often than ever before.


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Birds also need houses. They provide a sheltered place to roost and a spot where they can bring their chicks. Here's a stylish house that will look good in every garden.

Called "Pip-Pip", it's a modernist take on the old fashioned wooden box. It can be planted directly into the soil in the garden or into a pot or planter. It comes with a base for use on an apartment balcony. Made in red, white or green, it will make your feathered visitors happy.


Image from Wiggly Wigglers

With all the snow it has been hard for the birds to find food and so it's very important to put some out for them. The wisdom used to be that birds only need to be fed in winter but now experts advise year round feeding. The best is a simple mix that includes sunflower seeds, canary seeds, hemp and husk-free oats. If you can't figure out what to feed them and what to keep on hand, here's the answer for you. A box scheme for birds.

A monthly delivery of birdfeed will arrive at your door, just like your organic vegetable box. And it will be filled with the appropriate feed for the time of the year. For example, right now birds need high energy foods such as suet. In spring they need mealworms, to feed their chicks. What could be easier.

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