My Day normally starts with checking to see what garden advice requests have been sent in by our members and viewers overnight and see if anyone needs a follow up email with advice.
Many householders have become increasingly familiar with the sight of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls on their bird feeders, and the latest figures from the BTO Breeding Bird Survey, confirm that 2012 was a great year for both of these small finches: Siskins increased by 28% between 2011 and 2012, and Lesser Redpolls increased by 25%. However, Greenfinches, which have been hit hard by the disease trichomonosis, continue to decline. The full report contains the national population trends for over 100 of our widespread bird species.
Over the last few years more and more birds that you not normally visit gardens and garden bird feeders have become regular visitors to gardens all over the UK. For the home bird watcher this is great news although not every bird has seen an increase in gardens one example being the sparrow which have seen a drastic decline over the last few years in both gardens and the wider countryside.
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The GardenAdvice Bee and pollinating insects project starts well with over 600 people signing up to the scheme in a little over 4 weeks since its launch. Plus now with the GardenAdvice Young gardeners club launching the Bee project scheme in conjunction with the UK schools summer holidays.
Our bee project is designed to support over 10,000 mini Bee and other pollinating insects mini reserves created in our members and viewers gardens.
Whist its not possible with the resources available to us to carry out research in disease and pests effecting Bees it is possible with you help to create a network of gardens that provide Bees and other pollinating insects with a reliable supply of food and shelter in changing climate conditions. In simple terms the spring activity in plants, animals and insects is triggered mainly by accumulative light and temperatures levels designed to trigger the activity of insects such as bees and plants to work together to the benefit of both in respect of pollination and food sources.