Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Feed the Birds Day

a sparrowDorothea has put me onto a twitcher blog by the name of “The quacks of Life” how quaint. Here he/she reports that “the latest Defra report shows that the indicator for farmland birds is about 55% of its 1970 value, but that it has remained fairly stable since the early 90's. Stable after such large declines is not really good now is it.” And “The Woodland birds indicator for the UK is 20% lower than the early 70's and the most severe decline took place in the late 80's early 90's. Again it has been stable in recent years.”

Garden birds have also seen a steep decline so I understand. May have something to do with replacing gardens with bungalows under the “permitted development” rules. And it might have something to do with ejits from the youth community “service” team chopping down a protected hedge because there was nobody from our depleted Nature Conservation Team there to advise them.

Which brings me nicely to the RSPB’s Feed the Birds Day. This Saturday 27th October 2007.
“a great opportunity to step up your feeding to help garden birds through the cold months ahead. We [RSPB] also have some great offers to help you prepare. Until 31 October you can save a massive 20% off the normal price of our 12.75 kg bags of bird food. See here for more details.”
Better still why not buy what you need at a local shop. There’s Barkingside Home Hardware and a Pet Shop in Barkingside High Street.

19 comments:

  1. OI I am not a twitcher!! Nice blog btw.

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  2. Oh, sorry and thanks.

    Apologies also for the "he/she" I didn't look at your profile.

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  3. To be precise, your photo is of a cock house sparrow.

    Love the duck, Pete!

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  4. Did I imaging it, or could I really have seen a STORK yesterday when walking the dogs on Fairlop Plain?

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  5. Pete's quite local to B21 area, and as well as his great wildlife photography, his blog is a treasure trove and window on art, architecture and historical interest from places visited all around southern England.

    Unfortunately for me, being on dial-up, my creaky old computer meditates, whirrs and clicks a lot in downloading process.

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  6. Pete from Essex, eh!
    That narrows it down a bit.

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  7. Pete's presumably the one with the white stilettos and lilac Escort?

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  8. I knew Judith when she had white stilletos, but not a lilac Escort.

    Roger's sighting of a stork whilst walking the dogs suggests either that the dogs are in for a happy event, or that Roger spent too much time in the Fairlop Oak with Weggis.

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  9. When I wake up seeing Lilac Escorts I will start worrying.

    I did see a Heron in the back garden this morning. It is a regular visitor, and Mrs Weggis saw it too. It was being buzzed by two Seagulls.

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  10. At least Mrs Weggis seeing it can give us some confidence that it actually happened and was not simply an Oak-induced mirage.....

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  11. In vino veritas. Or

    "Reality is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency" - toilet door, Newcastle University 1971.

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  12. 'Sainsbury's exists to keep the rabble out of Waitrose.' The late Alan Coren.

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  13. True or Bluff?

    And where do T**c*s, Sommerfield and Morrisons fit into this particular scheme?

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  14. So Alan Coren evidently expressed his view before he discovered Tesco.

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  15. Beat ya to it Morris.
    You don't get this sort of service on Redbridge-i.

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  16. You don't have to provide much service to be better than Redbridge-i!

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  17. Perhaps I'd better re-set my benchmark?

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