Bird News 2017-09-22T08:51:28+00:00

December 2017

New Truck

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Bird News|

GB Seeds & Agrii are delighted to announce the addition of a new 26 tonne truck to our fleet, Not only is this truck more fuel efficient then it predecessor but will help us to continue and deliver an excellent customer experience !

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Minimising Disease Risks In Wild Birds

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Bird News|

Minimising Disease Risks

Common diseases of garden birds are
spread by contamination of food with the
droppings or saliva of infected birds. The risk
increases when many birds feed at the same
places day after day for long periods. To
minimise the risks:

• Use several feeding sites, to reduce
numbers at any one place

• ‘Rotate’ between feeding sites, so not all
are in constant use — rest periods will help
to reduce infection levels

• Clean and disinfect feeders/feeding sites
regularly*, especially in the months January to
May. Rinse and air-dry feeders before re-use

• Maintain careful personal hygiene
Brushes and equipment used for cleaning bird
feeders, tables and baths should not be used
for other purposes and should be kept and
used outside. Rubber gloves should be worn
and hands should be washed afterwards (some
diseases can also affect humans and pets).

source / reference:  Garden Wildlife Health (www.gardenwildlifehealth.org)

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November 2017

Fledgling Friendly Bird Feed

By | November 27th, 2017|Categories: Bird News|

Fledgling Friendly Bird Feed

GB Seed has just released there new Fledgling Friendly seed mix for wild birds.

This special mix is made up of carefully chosen seeds, which are produced in small easy bite size pieces to help give these young birds a better start in life.

– Ideally suited for feeding young birds
– High energy
– Good nutrition to aid healthy development
– Wheat free
– Low Mess
– Easy digestible

Contact us to find our more!

 

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By | November 24th, 2017|Categories: Bird News|Tags: |

With the upcoming holidays we will be closed From 4Pm on December 22nd  2017 until January 2nd 2018 .

Last delivery’s pre-Christmas: economy delivery needs to be in by noon December 19th and next day service in by Noon December 21st .

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October 2017

Scientists believe British birds are growing longer beaks

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Bird News|

Interesting Article by Telegraph about how the British obsession with feeding birds is making their beaks grow longer, scientists believe!

The British obsession for feeding birds is causing their beaks to grow longer so they can reach into bird feeders, scientists suspect. In an extraordinary example of rapid evolution, researchers have discovered that the UK tit has a beak up to 0.3mm longer than its European counterparts.

Although it sounds like a tiny difference, scientists believe even such a small advantage could aid survival, ensuring those with longer beaks live long enough to lay eggs, and pass on their genes.

Researchers at Oxford University have been studying the Wytham Woods great tit population in Oxfordshire for 70 years and recently spotted that British great tits’ beaks have been getting longer since the 1970s.

Scientists at Oxford also teamed up with researchers from Sheffield University, the University of East Anglia and Dutch experts to also examine whether genes have changed to allow for the longer beaks. They found significant differences in the DNA of British tits compared with those in the Netherlands.

Read More at Telegraph

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September 2017

Supplementary feeding in winter for farmland birds

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Bird News|Tags: , , |

Supplementary feeding in winter for farmland birds, involves farmers spreading grain close to or on existing areas of overwintered stubbles and wild bird seed mix.

It provides important food resources for farmland birds in late winter and early spring on arable and mixed farms, by supplementing crops of winter bird food when they have been depleted and before natural food sources become available in late spring.

If successful there will be seed-eating farmland birds using the feeding areas from December to April.

The bird feeding option is designed to complement other sources of seed food on the farm. The new option is straightforward to implement and does not require any additional land to be taken out of production. Farmers in ES agreements which already include extended over-winter stubbles or wild bird seed mixture can easily change their agreement to include an option for supplementary feeding.

Find out about funding, eligibility and requirements for the supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds option please visit www.gov.uk.

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