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Why Do We Associate Robins With Christmas?  The Legends of our Christmas Robin!

December 10, 2019

Have you ever wondered why red robins are associated with Christmas?  Read on to find out why! Back in the times of Victorian Britain, postmen were nicknamed “robins” because of their red-breasted coloured uniforms.  From there, the robin on the Christmas card came to represent the postman who delivered the card.  But it isn’t quite as simple as that, as there are links that pre-date …

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6 Top Tips To Help You Care For Wild Birds This Autumn

October 16, 2019

Autumn is one of the best times to observe many forms of wildlife.  At this time of year, it’s common to see the Brambling, Redwing, Waxwing, Fieldfare, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin, Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and more as they start to bulk up before Winter.  It’s important for them to find plentiful food sources at this time of year, in fact their very survival through the …

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Fat’s the Way To Do It – Feeding Garden Birds This Winter!

October 1, 2018
Migrating Barnacle Geese in Flight

We all love our garden birds they look amazing and are always entertaining but there’s also so much more going on under the feathers that makes them doubly amazing and helps us understand why feeding certain foods is so important to help some of our favourites! Birds, like people, are warm-blooded but they have a higher metabolism which means they process food and oxygen much …

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Garden Wildlife Direct supports the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife

September 28, 2018

Earlier this week, Chris Packham announced the publication of a People’s Manifesto for Wildlife; a stark warning of how the UK is allowing its natural environment to fall into barren ruin and, more importantly, a comprehensive and compelling breakdown of what is needed to reverse this sleepwalking into “ecological apocalypse”. There is a great deal of information in the manifesto – and much of it …

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Out with Summer Visitors and looking out for Winter Arrivals

September 11, 2018
Migrating Barnacle Geese in Flight

Officially autumn, September is a month of change for birds in our gardens. With their annual moult completed most are looking brand new and fresh in the feathers that will carry them through the winter ahead. Most of our summer-visiting birds are on the move this month as they begin to think about heading south. Migration isn’t just something that happens on Springwatch, it’s a …

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Attracting Autumn birds to your garden

October 24, 2017

Autumn brings all sorts of changes to your garden, and with it comes a whole bunch of different wildlife visitors, particularly bird species. Garden birds benefit from feeding all year round, but the colder months are a time of vulnerability for them, and therefore it is the perfect opportunity for providing supplementary food.Of course, with many of this season’s visitors migrating from Northern Europe, and …

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BBC Autumnwatch 2017

October 13, 2017

BBC Autumnwatch returns this year to its Springwatch home in the National Trust Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire. For the first time, presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will return to the Cotswold countryside to host the Autumn wildlife television programme at the end of October. The four day series is one of the UK’s largest live outdoor broadcasts bringing viewers the best …

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BBC Autumnwatch 2016

October 11, 2016

BBC Autumnwatch BBC Autumnwatch returns this year at the RSPB Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset, where they will host the wildlife television programme starting on the 24th October 2016. Hosted by presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, celebrating its 10th anniversary, Autumnwatch has returned to our screens after the succession of the previous episodes. One of the UK’s largest live outdoor broadcasts will …

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BBC Autumnwatch – bird feeder experiment

November 6, 2015

The content below is not original to Garden Wildlife Direct. The original source can be found here on the BBC website (2015).  This week, we’ve been running live cameras on a bird feeder to find out what the local birds most like to fill up on. First experiment We put out an even percentage of sunflower seeds, oat grain and barley grain to appeal to the local farmland birds. We …

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