Bird Species

The Robin

March 9, 2021

The Nation’s Favourite  During the 1960s Britain adopted the robin as its favourite bird, although it was never officially confirmed. In 2015 there was another survey to find Britain’s favourite national bird, with the robin once again taking 1st place. This incentivised organisers to request the government officially recognise the robin as Britain’s national bird.  

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Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

February 24, 2021

Scientific name: Streptopelia turtur Family: Pigeons and doves (Columbidae) Wingspan: 49 – 55cm (19 1/2 – 22″) Diet: Seeds form a large part of the turtle dove’s diet Feed with: turtle dove love to feed on seed. We recommend niger seed. Habitat: Can be located in hedgerows, woodland and scattered bushes. The turtle dove’s habitat is mainly southern England. Lifespan: 2 Years THE TURTLES DOVE …

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Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

January 24, 2021

Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto Family: pigeons and doves (Columbidae) Wingspan: 47 – 55cm (19 – 22″) Diet: Mainly seeds and grain Feed with: Small bird seed, increasingly more from handing feeders with trays. They will also feed on bread crumbs from bird tables. Habitat: Collared doves are common visitors to the British garden. They can also be spotted around town and village centres. Lifespan: 3 …

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House Martin (Delichon urbica)

January 24, 2021

Scientific name: Delichon urbica Family: swallows, martins, swifts and nightjars Wingspan: 25 – 29cm (10 – 12″) Diet: Mainly (flying) insects Habitat: House Martins are widespread and can be seen in the UK between April and September. They traditional enjoy feeding around wetlands, but can be found nesting under the eaves of houses and in and around towns and villages. Lifespan: 2 Years THE HOUSE …

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

January 24, 2021

Scientific name: Sturnus vulgaris Family: Starling (Sturnidae) Wingspan: 37 – 42cm (15 – 17″) Diet: Mainly insects and fruit Feed with: Fat balls, seed mixes and peanuts Habitat: Starlings are very abundant around the UK and can be found mainly in gardens, city centres, reed beds and plantations. Lifespan: 5 Years STARLINGS ARE highly recognisable and can be spotted in many gardens across the UK. …

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Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

January 24, 2021

Scientific name: Columba palumbus Family: Pigeons and doves Wingspan: 20 – 25cm (4 1/2 – 6″) Diet: Crops, cabbages, peas and grain; also shoots, seeds, nuts and berries. Feed with: Sunflower hearts, peanuts and suet foods Habitat: The woodpigeon can be found in woods and fields and also commonly appear in town and city parks and gardens. Lifespan: 3 Years WOODPIGEONS ARE the most common …

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

January 24, 2021

Scientific name: Carduelis chloris Family: Finches and Buntings Wingspan: 25 – 28cm (10 – 11″) Diet: Mainly seeds and insects Feed with: Black sunflower seeds, peanuts, niger seed, and other seed mixes Habitat: Greenfinches are close to human habitats and can often be found on farmland, in parks and around town/village centres. They are also particularly fond of woods and hedges. Lifespan: 2 Years THE …

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Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Garrulus glandarius Family: Crows (Corvidae) Wingspan: 52 – 58cm (21 – 23″) Diet: Mainly seeds, nuts and insects; acorns primarily, but sometimes very small mammals Feed with: Sunflower hearts, seed mixes and peanuts Habitat: Jays can often be located in deciduous and coniferous woodland areas, especially during autumn. Lifespan: 4 Years THE JAY IS THE MOST COLOURFUL of the crow family in the …

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

January 23, 2021

Scientific name: Passer domesticus Family: sparrow, wagtails, dunnocks Wingspan: 21 – 25cm (8 – 10″) Diet: A diverse diet, they consume nuts, berries, peanuts, insects and suet Feed with: Sunflower hearts, seed mixes, peanuts & mealworm Habitat: House Sparrow are gregarious little birds and are often found in city centres, farmland and gardens. Being an all-year-round bird, you’ll see them all the time. They are never …

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

January 23, 2021

This cheerful little bird is best know for its orange breast, cheeks and throat, plump demeanor and and relatively small stature. Being an all-year-round bird, the robin is commonly seen around woodlands, hedgerows, gardens and parks…everywhere, although during the moulting period (July-August) it is rare to see one. Known for its ‘cute’ appearance, the robin is in fact aggressively territorial, and will fight to the …

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