Feed the birds - but not just with seeds: Our letter sent to The Times

Written by James Swyer, Press & Publications Manager

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Providing seed for birds will always benefit a select number bird species (Your bird feeder could be messing with the natural pecking order, 26 May), largely because many birds, such as wrens, rely on insects for food. That is why farmers, often unfairly maligned, plant pollen and nectar rich strips alongside the seed bearing strips. Incentivising those who look after three-quarters of the UK landscape to provide this natural larder offers lifeline to all our farmland birds.

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