Feeding birds and Hazel trees

Welcome back! In this episode we cover some latest news about peat and bumblebees, and talk about everything you need to know about feeding your garden birds. We also have a in-depth look at the lovely hazel tree.

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*Note: We mention a 10% bleach solution for cleaning bird feeders. This is a 1 part bleach to 9 parts water solution, i.e. 10ml bleach to 90ml water.

Peaty news

Why peat is good for the climate and nature: a guide | Friends of the Earth

Partial peat-burning ban a positive first step, but limits and loopholes leave cause for climate concern (wcl.org.uk)

Bumblebees and land use research

Bumblebee colony density on farmland is influenced by late‐summer nectar supply and garden cover – Timberlake – – Journal of Applied Ecology – Wiley Online Library

Effects of land use at a landscape scale on bumblebee nest density and survival (wiley.com)

Late flowering plants for your garden:

  • Agastache
  • Asters (Symphyotrichum)
  • Sedum (Hylotelephium)
  • Salvia (Hot-lips/Amethyst-lips, nemorosa, sylvestris etc)
  • Rudbeckia
  • Helenium
  • Echinacea
  • Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
  • Betony (Stachys officinalis)
  • Thymus (many cultivars)
  • Oreganum (many cultivars)

Bird food suppliers (that we recommend)

Vine House Farm | Wild Bird Food and Bird Feeders Direct – Vine House Farm

CJ Wildlife, bringing you high quality wildlife products | CJ Wildlife (birdfood.co.uk)

Feeding birds for beginners




Grow your own Mealworms


Bird feeding research


Wild bird feeding delays start of dawn singing in the great tit – ScienceDirect



Avian productivity in urban landscapes: a review and meta‐analysis – CHAMBERLAIN – 2009 – Ibis – Wiley Online Library


Winter feeding of birds increases productivity in the subsequent breeding season | Biology Letters (royalsocietypublishing.org)

A national scale inventory of resource provision for biodiversity within domestic gardens – ScienceDirect


Does food supplementation really enhance productivity of breeding birds? | SpringerLink

Garden birds: to feed or not to feed? | BTO – British Trust for Ornithology

Garden wildlife health and bird diseases

Garden Wildlife Health


Chaffinch Appeal | BTO – British Trust for Ornithology





Hazel (Corylus avellana) – British Trees – Woodland Trust

Hazelnut Tree Pollination: Pollination Of Hazelnuts In The Home Orchard (gardeningknowhow.com)

Cobnuts and filberts / RHS Gardening

Hazel dormice range and distribution in the UK (ptes.org)

Hazel – Tree Guide UK Hazel tree identification by leaf, catkin and fruit

Corylus avellana | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

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