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Robins are the UK's favourite bird - here's a lovely poem about robins and how you can encourage them to your garden. More Info

Robins - encourage them into your garden



 

The robin is the UK's favourite garden bird - could this be because they are so easily identifiable?

With their red breast and chirpy manner, they are easy to spot.  Perfect for children to get into wildlife - you can just tell them to look for the bird with the red tummy, at the very simplest level.  

You can spot them all the year round and they sing nearly all year round too.  The younger birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown. 

There's a lovely poem** about Robins through the seasons and it goes like this:

Robin sang sweetly
When the days were bright;
"Thanks, thanks for summer,"
He sang with all his might.

Robin sang sweetly 
In the autumn days,
"There are fruits for everyone,
Let us all give praise."

In the cold and wintry weather
Still hear his song;
"Somebody must sing," said Robin,
"Or winter will seem long."

When the spring came back again,
He sang, "I told you so!
Keep on singing through the winter
and it will always go."

This poem for me sums up the cheerful merry nature of robin and I love the way he takes us through the seasons.   

For all their chirpiness, robins are very territorial, at some times for breeding purposes and others for feeding reasons.   Garden Bird have lots of further information about robins and also the British Trust for Ornithology has lots of details about them too.

This is the Small Singing Bird from the RSPB

This is the Small Singing Bird from the RSPB

 Cocoa Loco Chocolate Shapes, Robins, from the RSPB
Cocoa Loco Chocolate Shapes, Robins, from the RSPB

Click here to see Christmas cards from the RSPB
Click here to see Christmas cards from the RSPB

 This Gardman Robin Nest Box is available from Garden Wildlife Direct for under £5

Our wildlife need all the help they can get, so why not give the robin in your garden somewhere to live with this Gardman Robin Nest Box for £4.99 from Garden Wildlife Direct to encourage robins into your garden?

The open front enables small birds to access the box easily.  And the build is of very good quality, made from FSC approved timber. 

You can also buy Robin and Songbird No Mess Bird Seed for the feathered friends in your garden. 

Robin & Songbird No Mess Wild Bird Seed Mix from Garden Wildlife Direct
**I found this poem on http://www.inspirational-quotes-and-poems.net/ 

The Kent Owl Academy in Maidstone has owl experiences when you can meet and great some of their beautiful birds of prey, from the smallest to the largest.   You’ll have the chance to handle and fly a variety of owls, and discover all about their environment and habitat and conservation projects to help them in the wild.  There’ll be the opportunity to take photos, too!   For ages 14 plus, under 16s must be with an adult.  The Academy also has experiences for children aged 6 up, who must be with an adult.

You can also volunteer at the Academy – you’ll need to send a cover letter explaining why you want to volunteer; and you’ll start by helping to care for the owls and to maintain the centre. Helping with cleaning and food preparation, general maintenance of the grounds and conducting routine health checks. You’ll be kept busy – this is not just about cuddling owls all day!  You must be passionate about owls and birds of prey and not just an “animal lover” – but this is a great chance to really make a difference to these wonderful birds and get involved with them.