When a number of birds are attracted to one place to feed, the danger of decease increases. To help reduce any risk, there are some easy steps to take: • Clean the area where you feed birds regularly to prevent build-up of food and waste. • Monitor the food you put out – only put out what the birds need. If the food takes days to clear either from containers or the ground, reduce the amount of food offered. • Occasionally clean the feeders you use with a 10% disinfectant solution.
We have a pleasure to invite you to the Spring Alive Instant Photo Contest on Flickr. Its part I begins on the nearest Sunday (13th September). In this edition you will have an opportunity to show wild living birds you can see in your garden, school ground or a park that you visit. To participate in the contest you should add a self-made photo on Flickr and share it with the Spring Alive Flickr group between 13th and 20th of September 2015. It should be described: “Instant Photo Contest, part I” and include the date of sharing it with the Spring Alive group, and age of its author. We have prizes for the first 10 persons who submit their photos! To find out more read the rules of the contest. And.... don't miss it!?xml:namespace>
The more varied you can make your school grounds, the more attractive they will be to wildlife. Including shrubs, a hedge, climbers and trees will create habitats to suit many different birds. Herbaceous plants and a lawn are other valuable features. Choose a selection of shrubs and trees that provide insect food, and berries or fruit, for as long as possible. The inclusion of thorny plants and some evergreens provides shelter and safe nesting sites. Avoid planting non-native species that are invasive in character. These species can case a conservation problem if they spread into sensitive habitats