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 16 February 2014

Save the starling: Bird-watcher plea to Nottinghamshire people

BIRD-WATCHERS are urging people in Notts to put up bird boxes and plant bushes to help dwindling starling numbers.

The plea follows the RSPB's 35th Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend.

Last year the survey revealed starling numbers had plummeted by 16 per cent – with less than three sightings per garden – an all-time low.

Notts Birdwatchers fear the trend could continue this year unless people help their feathered friends.

Chairman of the Notts Birdwatchers and RSPB conservation officer Carl Cornish said: "Starlings are a native British bird who love to nest in cavities, so they love a badly insulated house. But because we are more environmentally conscious now they are struggling to find places to nest.

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