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LEISURE BIRDWATCHING


Phoenix Group – 11-16yrs, 10am-12.30pm. 01442 253300 / elaine@boxmoortrust.org.uk boxmoornature.blogspot.co.uk/ hemelbirding.blogspot.co.uk


Tring Reservoirs


A great place for birds of all species. There are hides here too, looking out over Tringford, Startops End and Wilstone reservoirs. The Friends of Tring Reservoirs maintain a thorough register of birds in the vicinity. www.fotr.org.uk


College Lake, Tring


With 11 hides, some very decorative internally, this is one of the best places to spot wildlife – and particularly birds – in the region. ‘Spring is a great time to visit the reserve as it has one-third of all the breeding lapwing and redshank in the whole of Buckinghamshire,’ says College Lake warden Owain Hegarty. Migrant species include chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and reed and sedge warbler. www.bbowt.org.uk n


Garden birds


Putting out food and providing feeding stations and nest boxes will all help attract more birds to your garden, and you’ll be helping them too. But it’s important to get it right, so with thanks to College Lake and the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), here’s our guide to garden nesting, feeding and protecting:


l Nest Boxes Important because the removal of old or dying trees leaves fewer places for birds to nest and raise their young. The birds most likely to be attracted to your garden are sparrows, starlings and blue tits, but the size of the hole in your nesting box is important. A 25mm diameter will suit coal, marsh and blue tits, 28mm tree sparrows and great tits, while a


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Buy seed, feed and bird boxes locally


Hilliers Garden Centre Leighton Buzzard Road, Piccotts End, HP1 3BD


www.hilliersonline.co.uk, 01794 368407 Wilkinsons


The Marlowes


They sell bird feeding stations, fat balls, nuts, ground feeders amond others items. www.wilko.com


Robert Dyas, Hemel Hempstead


Selling feeding stations, bird tables, feed and fat balls.


Useful websites Hemel RSPB | www.hemelrspb.org.uk


Herts Bird Club | www.hnhs.org.uk/birds Hertfordshire Birding


Hertfordshirebirding.blogspot.co.uk


Hertfordshire Bird Atlas www.hertsatlas.org.uk


www.birdingtringreservoir.blogspot.co.uk


32mm hole is suitable for house sparrows and nuthatches. For instructions on how to build one go to www.bbowt.org.uk/sites/default/files/ files/building-nest-box.pdf.


l Nesting bundle Materials balled up and hung from a tree for them to help themselves to. Pet hair, wool, straw, feathers, string, hair and threads are all suitable.


l Food Birds will value your help all year round. • Bird seed mixtures • Unsalted peanuts • Soaked bread • Apples • Mealworms • Kitchen leftovers including rice, potatoes, bacon rind and fat.


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