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Should you have a Bird Feeder?
Posted 13 Jun 2019
Many people in Britain feed birds in their gardens but, until now, the wider effects of this activity have been largely unknown.
As a nation we spend an estimated £200–300 million on bird feeding products each year. In a newly-published study by the BTO, they show that feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain. The results show that in the 1970s, garden bird feeders were dominated by only two species, House Sparrow and Starling. Today, a much broader range of species is commonly seen taking advantage of the growing variety of supplementary foods on offer.
This study provides strong evidence that garden bird feeding has supported population growth in some bird species, and has increased the diversity of species visiting our feeders.
by Simon Byland