Why are there so many seagulls inland?

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Seagull: that sounds like a bird that would enjoy life on the coast, right? Despite their name seagulls do seem to be quite partial to life inland and can be spotted in great numbers pretty much everywhere. City squares, high rise buildings, fields and even school yards are places where it is not unlikely to… Read more »

How to attract birds to your garden – but deter pests

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As The RSPB undertakes the annual task of working out what species are enjoying visiting our gardens following the Big Garden Birdwatch it is worth remembering that birds are a wonderful part of nature. While some species may be known more for being pests, there are many others that need protecting and need our help… Read more »

Feed the birds without attracting pests this winter

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Feeding the birds through the cold winter months is something we are often encouraged to do – and with good reason. Seeing wild birds in the garden is one of life’s pleasures and, of course, by feeding them we are helping to protect the natural world. At Christmas in particular bird feeding gifts become popular,… Read more »

Is it illegal to move a bird’s nest?

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In the UK, birds are given a good deal of protection under the law. While protection of our wildlife can only be a good thing, legal regulations can make it tricky when dealing with pest birds. While most wild birds are given complete protection by the law there are a few exceptions to allow for… Read more »

Do pigeon droppings pose a health risk?

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The most unpleasant aspect of unwanted bird infestations is their waste – messy and unsightly, it can also pose a potential health problem. While no business or house looks good covered in unsightly bird droppings, the potential for spreading disease is far more serious. It goes without saying that the worse the problem the higher… Read more »

Watch out for the rules on birds nesting in chimneys

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So what exactly is it about chimneys that make them so attractive to birds? If they are not nesting in them, they are flying down them and getting stuck behind the fire. Birds are protected and both these scenarios need to be dealt with using care and expertise. It is not only ‘pest’ species that… Read more »

Why are pigeons so fond of urban spaces?

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Have you ever wondered why pigeons in particular seem to have a taste for urban living? They get chased by young children, run the gamut of bird deterrents and are flapped away by pigeon-phobics, yet still these birds choose concrete buildings, tarmac pavements and steel installations to make their home amid the hubbub of the… Read more »

Is there really a law against feeding pigeons?

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Tuppence to feed the birds? Well it could actually cost a lot more than that if legal restrictions have been put in place to tackle a pigeon problem. The expression made famous by Mary Poppins more than half a century ago has been given a whole new meaning in a number of cases where bird… Read more »