SONGBIRD SURVIVAL AND RSPB

Sparrowhawks are a nightmare in the garden.

We had 6 pairs of blackbirds and the sparrowhawk had the lot, plus a pair of thrushes.

We also had 22 collared doves and it had everyone. when it had cleared the garden out it just leaves – to find another garden to decimate.

We have tried to grow things round the bird table and put obsticles up so the sparrowhawk cannot just swoop in and take feeding birds. These vandals have to be checked

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I received the above comment from Sally at Top Veg. I asked two different organisations and received two very different replies

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It is most distressing for bird lovers who try to help song birds. Our charity is fighting the entrenched view of the conservation establishment that everything finds its own balance – this in our managed environment is nonsense.

Our research with the BTO and the University of Reading is aimed to show up the real dangers of uncontrolled predation.

The reply above is from SONGBIRD SURVIVAL

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The sparrowhawk issue is one that many people with bird tables find hard. Sparrowhawks were decimated in the 1960 with farm chemicals and following the banning of these they started to recover. There is now a healthy population and anywhere that their food congregates they will feed.

I am not suggesting we should not feed the birds and enjoy watching them, just that we have to accept that predator birds eat others.

The above comment is from ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS

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  1. Hannah White

    Hi Trish,
    Did you get my desperate email re the Sparrowhawk taking all our swallows out of their nest and roost and also in flight. I have made holes in all the barn doors so hopefully the hawk will not get in…what size gap could a hawk get through ? I am still worries he will get through the gaps as the swallows were very reluctant to go through the gaps instead of having an open door which they much prefer..I had to make the gaps bigger than i wanted just to get them to agree to fly in and out of them. I know hawks are clever and a male sparrow hawk is not that big..he flies into a barn gap that was made years ago for swallows when the garage doors are shut. He was not afraid..I hope the gaps are small enough. I can ‘t bear the carnage any longer…just too heartbreaking to see the swallows valiant struggle against such a bird…

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