Not one, but two newsletters! As an oversight we never uploaded the Autumn 2014 newsletter to the website, so we have rectified that, along with publishing the new Spring 2015 newsletter for you to enjoy.
It may have come to your attention over the last couple of weeks a series of allegations against the RSPB from another organisation going by the name 'You Forgot The Birds'. Their statements have managed to capture the attention of the media and are seemingly representing the thoughts of conservationists and nature lovers across the UK, throwing doubt onto the credibility of one of the largest nature conservation charities in the world.
A detailed response from the RSPB can be found at the link below, which we hope will clear up the misleading information this group has peddled recently and reassure you that the RSPB is still a leading voice in nature conservation.
A funny visitor to Treasurer Susan's garden this summer caused a few raised eyebrows. Take a look at the photo to the right showing the young sparrow feeding from the garden feeder with a bright yellow crown. An unusual sight.
After a little investigation and help from others, we worked it out to be a normal young sparrow that had recently been feeding on New Zealand Flax. These strange coloured birds (not exclusively sparrows) had shown up in a few places, and the answer seemed to simply be that the pollen of the flax had been transferred to the birds heads while they were feeding. This particular flax uses birds, rather than insects, to pollinate.
A little searching later found that a garden close by had this New Zealand Flax growing, so now it shouldn't be a surprise if these funny coloured birds pop by again.
The Spring 2014 newsletter has now been published online. It can be downloaded from the Newsletters page or by clicking the thumbnail.