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November 2018

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The leaves are turning yellow, red and golden- what a beautiful time of year!

The spectacle of green leaves turning rich reds and yellows in autumn happens when trees have taken all the food they can from the leaves that are filled with chlorophyll – the biomolecule that absorbs energy from sunlight and gives leaves their green colour.

When sunlight wanes and leaves stop making food, this green pigment is broken down into colourless compounds. Yellow pigments are then revealed and other chemical changes cause red colouration.

Have you seen any winter migrant birds yet? I’ve spotted Field Fares in some of the stubble fields, let me know if you see anything exciting and feel free to send in pictures!

August 2018

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The weather is still breaking records, with sizzling August temperatures!  It’s been so hot farmers in Arkesden have already started harvesting- in fact it started so early this year the children hadn’t even broken up from school!

With these crazy temperatures, please make sure you’re putting out water for the birds, they desperately need it.

Did you know that as well as bird numbers in huge decline- insect numbers have also decreased?

Did you also know that insects make up 70% of all animal species and have been on the Earth 1000 times longer than humans?

Insects matter as about a third of the Worlds crops reply on bees, flies and other insects for pollination. More generally, insects play a crucial role in the most ecosystems- if insects were to disappear the environment would collapse into chaos.

 

May 2018

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After a particularly cold winter spring is here at last, breaking records as the hottest May day in history!

There’s all sorts of activity in my garden, a nest of blackbirds have just fledged, bees are busy and everything seems to have grown a foot overnight!

It’s sad to keep reading the reports of how badly the bird population is doing, the Tree Sparrow down by 95% , no that’s not a typo, 95%!  The Starling 71%.  I don’t think my daughter has ever heard a cuckoo- which was a common sound when I was growing up.

There are lots of reasons for the decline; the use of pesticides, loss of habitat, climate change, changes in farming are just a few.  There are little things you can do to help.  Cleaning your bird feeders regularly is important, here are some tips from the RSPB

 

  • Keep your bird tables and surrounding areas clean and free from droppings or mouldy food, which can provide breeding grounds for parasites and bacteria. Try to avoid accumulating large amounts of droppings.
  • Clean and wash your bird table and hanging feeders regularly (ideally, using a 5% disinfectant solution), and move feeding stations to a new area every month to prevent droppings accumulating underneath.
  • Water containers should be rinsed out daily, especially during the warmer months, and allowed to dry out before fresh water is added. Droppings can accumulate in bird baths.

Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/feeding-birds/keep-your-bird-table-healthy#UDmsDih6ltpdiuh2.99

Putting up bird boxes can help protect from predators , see link for advise https://www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw/putting-up-a-nest-box

 

December 2017

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The cold weather has finally come and with it the birds are flocking to my garden to fill themselves on the feeders I have put out.  This week I’ve seen coal tits, blue tits, great tits, a lesser spotted woodpecker, chaffinches, sparrows, dunnocks and robins.

If you put feeders out for the birds, please don’t forget to wash them regularly, otherwise disease can spread quickly among bird populations.

Happy bird watching!

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