Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Starling perched on wall

Shillito Woods feeding station now reopened

Shillito Woods feeding station - situated on the edge of the car park - has now reopened after its temporary closure caused by an outbreak of tricomonosis in the local bird population.

Tricomonosis is a potentially fatal disease spread between birds via food and water and is not an unusual occurrence where there is high intensity feeding and lack of hygiene. To stop it spreading further, feeders had been removed by the RSPB/National Trust Eastern Moors Partnership who look after the area and the public were asked not to put out any other feed.

The feeders are now back and being well-used by the local populations of tits, finches, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. If you haven't already been, it's really worth a visit to enjoy seeing these from the comfort and warmth of your car.