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News - Page 84

The results of the Big Garden Birdwatch are in

The results of the Big Garden Birdwatch are in and last year’s record-breaking mild winter has had a significant effect on populations of our feathery friends.

The long-tailed tit has returned to the top 10 most commonly seen birds for the first time in seven years, a rise of 44% on last year, while great tits and coal tits also benefitted from the warmer weather. It’s thought the mild weather – the third warmest on record for the UK as a whole – helped them...

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Gardeners are counting the cost of Storm Katie

Gardeners are counting the cost of Storm Katie which ripped through the country in a devastating few hours during the Easter Bank Holiday, whipping up winds gusting 106mph which brought down trees and damaged buildings.

Among her victims was a champion tree at Nymans Garden at Handcross, West Sussex, one of about 30 champion trees in the garden. The Pyrus glabra – an Iranian variety of pear tree – was almost 100 years old, and had grown to be one of the talle...

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