Wind turbines and birds

It seems that birds are not too worried about wind turbines, according to the Journal of Applied Ecology. Various conservation groups have feared that birds, especially large birds might get be affected by turbines at wind farms so Newcastle University studied the concentration of birds in areas where there are wind farms. Continue reading

The birds and flowers are telling us the climate is changing

Nature does not lie. It can deceive, but it always tells the truth.  Some think that the climate is not changing. This summer in London you may deceived into thinking that our weather has been pretty much as it has always been. We have had very rainy days which cancelled cricket matches, a few glorious days with long hours of bright light, the odd cold snap which has often come in London summers and even hot and humid days.

As usual the weather is unsettled, the meteorologists much berated for their weather forecasts and no weather lasts long enough to get used to it. It is the same old thing.

But climate is not weather and nature’s deceptions do not mislead the animals and so they should not mislead us. Continue reading

Birds – why we are losing more species and what it means for us

As far as we know since 1500 over 134 species of birds have become extinct. Birds are an important part of the biodiversity of the planet. Losing birds species is not just a matter of concern to bird watchers, zoologists and sentimental folk, it is important to all of us because if we lose species of plants and animals we never know what effect it will have on the rest of our food chain, upon which we depend, except that we know the effect will rarely be beneficial. Continue reading

What birds can teach us about climate change

I must admit that I don’t know a lot about birds but I do know that they can be harbingers of change. I have been looking at the Royal Society Protection of Bird’s website and at the Chaffinch in particular, because it is a pretty yellow gold bird, and when I played the chaffinch song for the web site it sounded familiar and delightful. I see that chaffinch eat seeds and insects, and cover most of England Wales and Scotland. There are either 313,000 breeding pairs (although other sources say 200,000 pairs). Most Chaffinch migrate to Spain for the winter but recently more chaffinch than normal chose to stay in this country. Continue reading