This Daily Mail article written in 2006 shows alarming figures. Showing the impact that the common Grey Squirrel has on Garden Songbird numbers.
‘The research was carried out on behalf of the charity Songbird Survival by Professor Roy Brown at Birckbeck University, London.’ Cont:
Excavate river banks digging out a long tunnel for remarkable Sand Martins nest.
Sand-brown back under wings wondrously distinctive dark chest bar against
white throat contrasting white under parts.
Behold smallest with quick jerky flight which separates them from House Martin and Swallow. Agile fliers – Invertebrates taken on the wing feeding mainly over water.
“European populations have crashed twice last 60 years.” (?)
Rasping chattering continuous delicious twittering on the wing and conversational undertone after settling in their roost.
Harsh alarm call – ‘Predators’ – Falcon Hawks Crows Magpies – Etc.
Need: Insects flies spiders caught in flight. Plant material and feathers.
1900s ‘Drought African wintering grounds have caused Sand Martin population decline!’
Note – ‘It Is Now – 2011…’
‘‘Creates medium concern for its conservation” – ! List ‘Amber’ UGH Dont Believe It.
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Sand Martin – “European populations have crashed twice last 60 years!” Still Blaming ‘1900s’ – “Drought in Wintering grounds!”
Cont: ‘The grey squirrel is having a devastating impact on the country’s garden songbird population a leading expert warned early in – 2006.’
View: Songbird ‘life’ London; Lost birds – Garden Birds Millions Killed & ‘Eaten’ By ‘Carnivorous’ Grey-Squirrels – “Culling Needed!”
Londons ‘Predatory Grey Squirrels! Should be Culled Not Cultivated!’ Published H&H – Grey-Squirrel pest.
Predator Scavengers deplorably eating – A Live Songbird! View: ‘Footage’ -
Grey-Squirrels ‘Eat’ – ALL ‘Live’ Songbirds! – Witness one ‘Sparrow!’ – Sparrows Crashed to Zero! – “Utter Scandal!”
The grey-squirrel species ranks alongside the domestic and feral cat as the top predator of farmland and garden birds. This according to Professor -
Roy Brown of Birkbeck University of London in a review carried out for the wildlife songbird charity Songbird Survival.
Professor Brown said: “Many factors have been blamed for the decline in our Songbirds in recent years. The debate about raptors ( hawks ) has raised the issue of predators but mammal predation had largely been overlooked.”
The review shows that the true impact of this predation is even much worse than had been expected. The study clearly shows that cats and grey squirrels predate severely on not virtually. But – ALL of our Garden Songbirds.
Increasing densities of these mammals; the grey-squirrel ranks alongside the domestic and feral cat.
They both can cause the complete cessation of breeding in all of the many species of garden songbirds.
View the Research: http://www.songbird-survival.org.uk
“Grey Squirrel Killing Garden ‘Songbirds’ – In Large Numbers” – 2006…!
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