As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

RSPB warns about the dangers in bird food packaging

12:26pm Tuesday 4th December 2012 in News

As the cold weather sets in and people step up their feeding of garden birds, the RSPB is warning about hidden hazards in some bird food packaging and giving some tips on how best to look after our feathered friends this winter.

The charity’s wildlife enquiries team receives a number of calls each year from gardeners reporting deaths or injuries to birds after they’ve become tangled up in the mesh or netting surrounding the food that’s been left out for them.

“Surprisingly, the netting that surrounds fat balls, peanuts and seed sold for bird food is one of the most dangerous things that can be put out in our gardens,” commented Val Osborne, the RSPB’s head of wildlife enquiries.

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