News items which first appeared on Space For Nature during January 2004.
31st January 2004Bird homes set to multiply
Declines in many of our once common garden birds, like the house sparrow and starling, may be due in part to the loss of their traditional nesting places. A new book from the BTO shows how we can help to put this right.
28th January 2004Garden bird mortality rise
Reports from the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre suggest that garden birds are currently suffering higher than normal mortality due to salmonella. You can reduce the risk by maintaining proper hygiene standards at feeders.
25th January 2004Big Garden Birdwatch launched at No 10.
The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch - the biggest bird survey of its kind in the world - was launched at 10 Downing Street.
19th January 2004RHS urge gardeners to look after biodiversity
The Royal Horticultural Society is urging gardeners to take care of biodiversity in their gardens by following some simple principles.
17th January 2004BTO want Scottish gardeners to count birds
The British Trust for Ornithology is urging gardeners in Scotland to join their long running 'Garden Birdwatch' survey in a bid to extend the coverage north of the border.
15th January 2004It's money spiders Vs aphids in the garden
Scientists have found that money spiders prefer to eat aphids when they can balance their diet by also eating small insects called 'springtails'.
13th January 2004New publication marks National Nest Box Week
The British Trust for Ornithology has announced the publication of 'The BTO Nestbox Guide' to coincide with the 8th National Nest Box Week this year.
13th January 2004Deer becoming more urbanised
Deer are becoming, more and more, a feature of the urban environment. In Lancashire, sightings of deer around houses and in gardens have increased markedly.
13th January 2004Big Garden Birdwatch coming soon
Don't forget the RSPB's 'Big Garden Birdwatch' over the weekend of 24th and 25th of January.
3rd January 2004Lancashire gardeners urged to exterminate grey squirrels
Residents in the area of Formby red squirrel reserve on the Lancashire coast are being urged to trap grey squirrels so that they can be killed in order to protect the native population of reds.
3rd January 2004Blue tits no longer raid our milk bottles
One of most endearing antics of the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) has been its practice of raiding door-step milk deliveries for the cream, but the consensus amongst the experts is that this habit has now died out.
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