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Where have all the birds gone?

Have the birds disappeared from your garden? Swallows failed to return this year? No blue tits on your peanuts? We've got the answers - and some advice. 

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Feeding birds

What food can you leave out for birds and how can you keep your feeding station hygienic and pest-free? Here you'll find the answers to all your bird feeding questions. 

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Birds and water

Many people put food out for birds, but fewer provide a regular supply of clean water. Birds need water for drinking and bathing. 

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Baby birds

In spring and summer, it's common to see young birds on the ground that look as if they've been abandoned by their parents. Read on for advice on what to do if you find a young bird... 

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Nestboxes

Find out how to provide, or make, nestboxes for birds in your garden. 

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Birds and windows

Birds and windows do not mix successfully. The common problems are when birds collide with windows or start to attack them, or if they start to eat the putty. 

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Nesting mallards

Mallards start to pair up in October and November, and begin nesting in March. 

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Trichomonosis in finches and other garden birds

Since summer 2005, a disease caused by a microscopic parasite has been reported in finches in gardens. Since then, outbreaks have been seen every year during the late summer and autumn. Find out more about it and what you can do to help. 

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Roofs for wildlife

House sparrows, starlings, house martins and swifts regularly use buildings as nest sites. The last two species are almost completely dependent on them. Roofs are also important habitats for roosting bats. 

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity:England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

 

© 2018 Carl Feltham,  Reading RSPB Local Group

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