Tony Helps Our Birds Survive the Winter
As the nights start drawing in and the temperatures plummet, winter can be a difficult time for wildlife, when food becomes difficult to find. Insect-eating birds turn to alternative foods, some species travel far and wide, and foraging behaviour adapts. Service & Spares Support Technician Tony Cottriall is lending a helping hand by providing a welcome source of extra food for birds to turn to in the leaner time ahead. Tony recently re-furbished the bird feeding station located at the rear of the Golborne factory with clean bird feeders and an ample supply of mealworms, fat balls, various seeds and fresh drinking water. Tony’s innovative use of a recycled cable reel makes an ideal heavy base for the feeder poles.
Recent media reports have highlighted that there has been a serious, countrywide, decline in the numbers of many birds, including many well known and loved species such as the song thrush, skylark, lapwing and house sparrow. Most of the declining species are farmland birds. On the other hand, most woodland species such as the blue tit, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker are still doing alright.
The Common Bird Census between 1970 and 1999 puts the Tree Sparrow at the top of the list with a 95 per cent decline.
Find out more about how you can help at www.rspb.org.uk