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.

Sunday 28 April 2013

Home for high-fliers: ultimate bird house with own swimming pool

A Swedish homeware company has produced a luxury bird house, complete with swimming pool and garden furniture. 

With a nut-filled kitchen and infinity dipping pool, it is the last word in back garden comfort. 

This unusual bird house has been designed by Clas Ohlson, a Swedish homeware company, to encourage birds back into gardens.

The "ultimate birdhouse" has two storeys, a swinging perch and even a predator alarm to avoid a nasty surprise for the occupant when it is tucking into the nut feeder. 

Recent research by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds found that some of the UK's best-loved bird species are declining sharply. The numbers of house sparrows and bullfinches have dropped by 17 per cent and 20 per cent respectively since 2012. 

Gardeners are encouraged to make their gardens more bird-friendly by creating shelter and food for birds. The RSPB recommends installing bird houses and providing the animals with a source of water, such as a bird bath. Its website provides a list of suitable foods to leave out for birds

Anyone who would like to encourage birds into their garden can create their own concept birdhouse by downloading blueprints from Clas Ohlson's Facebook page

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