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Give our Birds an Eggcellent Easter

 

Easter is a time when many gardeners like to tidy up and trim back, but this is also when many birds start to build their nests and lay their first clutch of eggs. Garden favourites such as robins, sparrows and blackbirds are in decline and need all the help they can get, especially after a harsh winter, and they also help us by controlling aphids, caterpillars, snails, slugs and bugs.

 

Everyone should be careful and check for nests before starting work. Any hedge, tree, shrub and even ivy could be home to a growing family. If in doubt, the work should be postponed until the end of August when the breeding season is over.

 

All birds are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act whilst nesting, and protection starts the moment they begin building the nest until their young have fully fledged. Give our birds a boost this spring - a little extra care could make all the difference to our feathered friends.

 

 

 

Neil Pilcher

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

 Issue 400
March 2018

 


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