Bird Aid

 

 

Wychwood Bird aid is targeting three key farmland bird species;

yellowhammers, skylarks, linnets and the rarer tree sparows and corn buntings.

Bird Aid, a West Oxfordshire based charity, helps to feed our declining farmland birds during the 'hunger gap' from January to early May.

These seed-eating birds are disappearing since farming practices have changed. Farmland birds used to feed on seeds in the stubble fields over winter before ploughing in the spring, but fields are now ploughed immediately after harvest.

Over the past 17 years, Louise Spicer has organised 12 feeding stations on local farms. In 2019 the number of sites will increase to 17.  38 volunteers from the local community distribute seed throughout the winter from November to early May.  With valuable advice from RSPB, this venture has successfully attracted lots of Yellowhammers and on three sites even scarce Tree Sparrows and Corn Buntings.  Many other birds also take advantage of the winter food at the feeding stations.

Wychwood Bird Aid sites in West Oxfordshire

There are Bird Aid sites in Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Eynsham, Over Norton, Finstock, Hailey, Stonesfield and Crawley.

How you can help us

At present our 38 volunteers are mainly involved in actual feeding. We would welcome more people to help feed the birds at our current sites and two new feeding stations in Foxburrow wood near Witney and Wigwell Nature reserve in Charlbury.

If you enjoy watching birds, join us to help with the surveys once a month from November to the end of March.  No experience is necessary just a willingness to help!

We are also keen to hear from farmers or landowners who could provide a feeding site. If you would like further information on how to get involved please contact the Wychwood Project office.

Yellowhammer

 

See the groups reports

Bird Aid 2017/18 Report

Bird Aid 2018 Report

Bird Aid 2019 Report

Bird Aid Map Survey 2018

Can you sponsor a bag of seed?

If so, please complete the form here and send your donation to Bird Aid, Wychwood Project (Oxfordshire), at the address top right of this page. The cheque should be made payable to the Wychwood Project (Oxfordshire). Every donation will be acknowledged.

Your financial support is needed now to keep the feeding stations going.

  • To feed one tonne of millet (1 year supply) costs £540 or £10 a bag
  • To feed one tonne of corn (1 year supply) costs £200 or £4 a bag
  • A tonne of seed feeds up to 1000 birds a year.
  • £500 will set up a new bird feeding station and will pay for seed, seed bins and bird feeders.
  • £700 per year will keep the existing feeding stations supplied with seed.