The Yellowhammer, once a common sight in Cornwall and England, is now on the RSPB’s red list of birds under threat. Red is the most critical, meaning a decline in numbers of 50% or more in the last 25 years.
These two visited the garden this morning and stayed for about half an hour, feeding on the range of plants and ‘weeds’ we’d purposely left for the finches.
What does a Yellowhammer eat?
- Cereal, grasses (e.g. Meadow Grass, Fescue, Ryegrass), Common Nettle, Dock, knotgrass, Fat Hen, Common Chickweed, Mouse-ear, Bramble, Vetches, Clover, Forget-me-not, Dandelion, Knapweed, Sow-thistle, Yarrow, Plantains.
Peanuts are imported from South America. Local wild chestnuts go down just as well at the bird table.
Either peel the chestnuts and add to the nut feeder or split them with a knife and thread them on a string.
The Farmhouse at Helsbury Park is available to rent from March 1st 2011. We’ve spent some time living on site overseeing the improvements to this stunning building as well as managing the build of our amazing pool facility. So if you’ve checked our calendar for 2011 and your week has already been booked, or you’ve stayed in the Farmhouse before then this is your chance to experience 5 star dog friendly luxury at its best. The Farmhouse has 3 double bedrooms and is beautifully spacious and luxurious. From the upstairs gallery, the bespoke kitchen to the breathtaking breakfast room overlooking the park, it really is something special. As well as an enclosed family garden there’s also a separate garden for your dog with a kennel.
From Helsbury Park