With winter weather becoming more severe and British garden birds increasingly under threat from development and habitat change, there has never been a better time for taking practical conservation measures.
Every little helps, and here at Onlineability we’ve been working with the RSPB and Garden Bird Supplies to launch a new site filled with practical measures that allow everyone to make a real difference to birdlife, whether their ‘garden’ is a window box on a big city tower block or rolling acres in the countryside.
Called “Food for the Birds”, and sited at www.foodforthebirds.org.uk, the new site represents a return to one of the concerns of his childhood for Onlineability director Andy Darley – he named the site after a short-lived society he tried to found when a schoolboy in the 1970s to encourage people to put out scraps over the winter.
He said: “That society didn’t last long – but now I’m a web designer, with access to tools far more powerful than a hand-drawn poster stuck to a telegraph pole, and it’s time to dust off ‘Food for the Birds’ and try again.”
The site will have advice and tips for people planning to put out food and a shop in association with Garden Bird Supplies. There are plans to add a bird table webcam, and discussions are in progress with the RSPB about further content.