‘HOW GREY SQUIRRELS’ – SILENCE & DEVASTATE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS – The Daily Mail 2006 May 30:
They are responsible for almost wiping out their native cousins and now it seems grey squirrels have another species in their sights.
They have added to the devastation of our much-loved Songbird populations by killing adult birds and raiding their nests.
‘Around 180 Million Garden Songbirds a year are killed by animals particularly grey squirrels and domestic cats.’ – According to Professor Roy Brown who has carried out a study on behalf of SongBird Survival. That is out of a natural population of around 260 Million of the main 15 main songbird species, including blackbird song thrush blue tit great tit robin skylark meadow pipit and the wren.
“The report claims that in areas where the grey squirrel population is high 93 per cent of small bird nests are raided. When this is combined with predatory sparrowhawk behavior it results in the loss of – 85 per cent of adult songbirds.”
Songbirds have been in decline for 30 years (2006).
Previous studies blamed this on intensive farming the use of herbicides and pesticides and the removal of hedges used for nesting.
But Professor Brown believes the threat of other animal species must also be addressed.
‘If predators are having as bad effect as that then the answer is to look at doing something more systematic to restore the balance certainly with mammals and possible with birds of prey.’
“Grey squirrels carry a disease which doesn’t affect them but kills their red cousin and competes with them for food. Grey squirrels were brought to Britain from the United States in the late 1800’s.”
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Famous outstanding gorgeous beautiful song is remarkable powerful melodious rich varied dulcet singing for hours on end with an astonishing 260 variations.
A fast succession of high low lyrical notes few songbirds can match.
Sings almost as much by day as night. Nest ‘one’ brood.
On or near ground in thick vegetation. - WAS!
2010: BTO figures disclose between 1967-2007 -
Nightingale populations of England Fell by 91%.
“Biggest fall in numbers since records began of any bird still breeding in UK.”
‘Apart from the Tree Sparrow whose numbers have been decimated by – 93%…!’
For every 10 nightingales which were singing in Britain 40 years ago –
Only ‘ONE’ is doing so now…
Speechless ! – Songbirds-Slaughter.
Decline of coppicing and woodland management. Massive and Increased Grazing –
From introduced species – ‘Deer’ –
“Fallow Deer, the Munkjack, Sika and Chinese water deer have all reduced the density of shrubs and woodland that Nightingales inhabited…!”
Note: “Munkjack, Fallow Deer, Sika and Chinese water deer – Breed all year and likewise they are advancing at – 1 km a Year. Our Songbirds future IS Catastrophic…”
Deer and their Inevitable effect on ground nesting birds and our woodlands, our flower species. Etc…
Keats: ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ gave the poet a vision of the timelessness of beauty.
Help Nightingales: Retain bushy hawthorn waste ground copses. Soil rich beetles insects ants.
Charles Lindbergh – “I soon realised that if I had to choose, I would rather have Songbirds than air-planes.”
HOW GREY SQUIRRELS – “DEVASTATE & SILENCE OUR ‘GARDEN’ SONGBIRDS!” – From – The Daily Mail 2006
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