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What new birds do you have nest­ing in your gar­den this year? Dun­nocks, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wood­pi­geons An­n­marie Mered­ith, Twit­ter

House Spar­rows in the eaves – been there for a cou­ple of weeks or so now John Howard, Twit­ter

Robins in same bush as had Dun­nock last year. Song Thrush in next door’s gar­den which pop in, too Ian Ben­nell, Face­book

Not in the gar­den, but in the gut­ter along the roof – baby Mag­pies! Seen their par­ents fly back and forth – they are very busy birds Fiona An­der­son, Twit­ter A pair of Great Tits are nest­ing in our Star­ling box, they usu­ally nest in a con­ven­tional Great Tit box which is nearby but not this year! Sue Jarvis, Face­book Not new, but the past few years had one Star­ling’s nest, this year we have three. It’s get­ting noisy al­ready! Michelle Bur­ton, Twit­ter It was such a treat to see an ar­ti­cle about my home county of Wilt­shire in the March issue. I’m fre­quently out bird­ing on my local patch near Chip­pen­ham.it’s close to a heronry and for the past two years, I’ve also had the plea­sure of watch­ing a pair of Ravens rais­ing their young. 2015’s highlights in­cluded Short-eared Owls, Firecrests, Red­starts and Goosander. Vis­it­ing the Great Bus­tard project on Sal­is­bury Plain is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, and I can’t rec­om­mend Sav­er­nake For­est highly enough; it is a bird­watcher’s par­adise. I’ve had mem­o­rable sight­ings of Goshawk, Wil­low Tits and even a Honey Buz­zard here, al­though the res­i­dent Hawfinches con­tinue to evade me. Your ar­ti­cle also alerted me to some re­serves I have yet to visit, and it was a pleas­ant sur­prise to learn that Wilt­shire at­tracts large num­bers of win­ter­ing Hen Har­rier. I’ll def­i­nitely be search­ing for these beau­ti­ful rap­tors later in the year. Thank you for show­cas­ing the highlights of a county that’s of­ten over­looked when it comes to wildlife. Joanna Hutchinson, via email I have picked up your mag­a­zine for the first time and I’m stuck, I can’t put it down! I have read about Wry­necks and didn’t re­alise they are so rare in Bri­tain, but I was think­ing about its habi­tat de­struc­tion and the fact that it likes ants and open grassy ar­eas. Would not the rise of so­lar parks con­trib­ute to new habi­tat cre­ation for them, pro­vid­ing there isn’t too much grass cut­ting go­ing on or pes­ti­cides used? Thanks for an in­ter­est­ing read. Bev Ward, via email

Ed­i­tor’s com­ment: ‘So­lar farms’ are in­deed sur­pris­ingly rich habi­tats for wildlife, though we have never heard of Wry­necks in par­tic­u­lar, feeding among them. Thanks for your kind words! Yes, we have Lit­tle Owls in a nest­box, lo­cated in a wood­pile in the gar­den Clint, Twit­ter Robins, Dun­nock, Blackbird, spar­row, Col­lared Dove, un­sure about Blue Tits as the camera’s packed up! Neil Hig­gin­son, Twit­ter We have a pair of Great Tits taken up res­i­dence in the top of our chiminey so no bbq there for a bit Ade, Twit­ter

North­ern Bald Ibis

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