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Farming for birds

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Farming for birds

Pictured are the team from Tim and Robert Stockwell's farm at Barnsmuir having successfully covered one of the six giant Gilston bird tables in plastic. These Bird tables scattered across Gilston are crucial sources of food for farmland birds in the "hungry gap" in February and March. The problem is that they are a tempting food for pigeons and hares at this time of year when young and vulnerable. The plastic forms a fantastic protective covering to enable them to grow away unmolested and provide food for song birds next spring.

Two or three double up as holding cover for pheasants - yet another example of where actions carried out primarily for game birds and shooting bring wider benefits to the countryside.

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