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We love birds and are keen wild bird feeders. This site is our attempt to provide a central resource on wild birds and how and what to feed them so that those wishing to help themsurvive can get information and contacts for feeding wild birds.

Many wild birds are threatened today from our activities; industrial farming has removed 95% of hedgerows from the countryside, which was a key food resource for wild birds. Sprays and poison have wiped out many others, and some species are now endangered. A recent survey found that wild farmland birds have continued to decline over the last few years, despite some farmers putting in wildlife friendly measures. If farmers had left hedgerows and not used chemical sprays, the abundant wild birds would have eaten the insects which damage crops; once you interfere in nature's balance, you cause yourself more problems.

The role of individuals feeding wild birds in their gardens has thus never been more important, and could be vital in preventing the extinction of some species. Even the common sparrow has declined sharply in some areas.

One of Britain's best-known birds, the sparrow, seems to be declining because its chicks have too little to eat. The decline of insects in gardens in summer has meant that young house sparrows are often starving in nests, especially second broods, necessary to keep the species boyant.

Increased development, the popularity of ornamental plants like Leylandii, the removal of trees, the conversion of front gardens for parking may explain the loss of insects in urban areas. And the regularity of wetter summers with climate change has reduced berry crops, so the fruit eaters are also experiencing reduced food supplies.

A study by scientists from the RSPB, De Montfort University and Natural England, investigated the 20-year decline of house sparrows in suburbia. 'Sparrows need insects in summer, and lots of them, to feed their hungry young' the report said, but they are not getting enough due to the reasons above.

Honeysuckle, wild roses, hawthorn or fruit trees are perfect for insects and therefore house sparrows. The trend towards paving of front gardens and laying decking in the back, and the popularity of imported ornamental plants from other parts of the world, has made many gardens no-go areas for once common British birds. Many of the things we can do to help just mean being lazy, doing nothing and allowing the garden to be a little bit scruffy, and also planting native plants which will encourage insects and so feed birds.

 

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