Finding Out About… Woodpeckers

A great spotted woodpecker hangs from our garden bird feeder, and it is also interested in the remains of a chicken hanging from an apple tree! Both the great spotted woodpecker and the green woodpecker are familiar sights around the villages these days, but historically both these birds had a rather uneasy relationship with man… Read More

Finding Out About… Buzzards

Latin name: Buteo buteo A pair of common buzzards circling and “mewing” high over the Cambridgeshire countryside is a very welcome and familiar sight to many local naturalists these days, but this was not always the case. This slow flying, broad-winged raptor has had a somewhat controversial relationship with man, for in Victorian times it… Read More

Finding Out About… Robins

Image: Jim Stevenson Robins in Fact and Fiction I suspect that most people in the UK know what an adult Robin looks like, but from my experience most do not understand that young Robins do not have red breasts.  The situation is not helped as Christmas cards will often depict a family of Robins with… Read More

Finding Out About… Mute Swans

Friends volunteer, popular guide and bird expert Trevor Gunton introduces his next in a series of informative articles. Image by Peter Hagger Local birdwatchers do not seem to take much interest in our mainly resident swans, almost as if they are not real wild birds. They are ever present on most pits throughout the year,… Read More

Finding Out About… Red Kites

Image: Michael Brace, CC BY 2.0 A Red Kite wheels over our back garden.  So, what is unusual about that I hear you say?  Let me tell you a story, which I will call “The Kite’s Tale”. During the Middle Ages the Red Kite was valued in the City of London, as it fed on human… Read More