News items which first appeared on SpaceForNature during February 2004.
24th February 2004Official launch of English Nature CDROM
A new CDROM aimed at those who wish to bring wildlife into their garden's has been officially launched by English Nature.
24th February 2004Record early bumblebee recorded in Scottish garden
A bumblebee seen in an Edinburgh garden on 15th February is the earliest ever recorded in Scotland.
22nd February 2004Garden makeovers to blame for sparrow demise?
A government minister has claimed that the modern penchant for the 'trendy garden' is partly responsible for the decline of house sparrows in urban areas.
16th February 2004Checklist for nestbox owners
In this National Nestbox Week, the BTO have issued a six point checklist for owners of nestboxes to make sure they are up so scratch.
15th February 2004North/South divide for blue tits?
In an article for the Times Online, Derwent May suggests that blue tits may have fared better than usual last year in the north of the country, while in the south they appear to have done worse.
13th February 2004Gardeners urged to plant hedges for wildlife
A senior conservation officer from the Countryside Council for Wales is urging gardeners to plant a native hedge in their garden as a low cost and low maintenance alternative to fencing.
12th February 2004Exceptionally early nesting birds reported
Among the people reporting early nesting to the BTO was a garden birdwatcher in Kent who witnessed blue tits fledging before the end of January.
11th February 2004Lancashire school opens major wildlife garden
A wildlife garden that has been three years in the making has opened at Pendle Primary School in Clitheroe Lancashire.
10th February 2004Mild south-westerlies bring in the early birds
Last week's very mild weather brought many swallows to the south of Britain - more than six weeks earlier than usual.
8th February 2004Concern rising over Sudden Oak Death
Fears are increasing about the possible impact of the disease 'Sudden Oak Death', which can affect a range of trees and shrubs, after a new resistant strain has been found in Cornwall.
2nd February 2004Leech infestation of garden ponds
Some ponds in the far south of England have experienced much higher populations of leeches than normal for the time of year.
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