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Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

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21 January is Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, which is celebrated annually.  We all love to see these charismatic mammals in their natural habitat but how much do you know about them?  Here is a summary of facts about the lovely red squirrel (in a nutshell). Red squirrels are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act […]

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Birds - wild and windy wintering bird surveys

Wild and Windy Wintering Bird Surveys

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Why Survey Wintering Birds In winter, the UK’s coastal habitats play host to large congregations of shorebirds, geese and ducks.  These areas of salt marsh and mudflat are vital to sustaining a host of species over the long winter months before their migrations back to the breeding grounds in spring.  During this time, such migratory […]

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12 Days of Robin Facts, by Laura Parsons, Assistant Ecologist, EcoNorth

The 12 Days of Robin Facts

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Day 12: Robins can have between 2-3 broods in the same year, having a clutch of 5-7 eggs each time.  It takes just 1 month from laying, incubating and hatching for a robin to fledge the nest. http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/blogs/miranda_hodgson/archive/2013/02/20/how-to-tell-a-male-robin-from-a-female-robin.aspx

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12 Days of Robin Facts, by Laura Parsons, Assistant Ecologist, EcoNorth

The 12 Days of Robin Facts

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Day 10: The robin has evolved to follow wild boar whilst they meander through the forest disturbing the ground.  However, as wild boar are mostly absent from the UK, its survival often depends on finding the next best thing…human gardeners. Photo credit: RSPB https://www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/top-picks/bird-month-robin/

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The 12 Days of Robin Facts

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Day 6: Robins are fiercely territorial.  In fact 10% of robin deaths are due to males defending their patch of ‘turf’. Photo credit: Colin Tudge https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1099647/Robin-redbreasts-symbols-Christmas-sweetness-bloodthirsty-killers.html

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12 Days of Robin Facts, by Laura Parsons

The 12 Days of Robin Facts

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Day 5: Robin is really a contraction and diminutive of “Robert”.  The original word for the species was “Ruddock” or “redbreast”. Photo credit: BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2t6RVwKnNz3pbzhcWT1mms6/eight-reasons-why-we-love-robins    

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