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Ceramic artist, prostate cancer, fieldfares in your garden

Guests include Katy Heath from Sleaford, starting a ceramics business.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Wed 23 Jan 2013 09:00

Can you identify this bird?

Can you identify this bird?
Paul contacted the programme to ask if Melvyn could identify the bird he'd spotted in his garden in North Hykeham.

Fieldfares, "coming in from the cold" by Tim Harrison from the BTO

Fieldfares are one of a number of birds that rush into gardens when harsh winter conditions strike. These sociable thrushes, which tend to move in flocks, take invertebrates from the soil during winter. Snow and ice can make such food inaccessible, however, and so Fieldfares move elsewhere in search of sustenance.


Often, this can lead them into gardens, where householders can attract them with fruit. In particular, apples or pears that are cut in half and are placed on the lawn will be taken. Such offerings will not just attract Fieldfares – their thrush cousins, Redwings and Blackbirds, along with others such as Robins, will also tuck in. For these birds, such offerings can be a lifeline.


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