Feed the birds
The project provides special nest boxes and winter-feeding stations where local farmers are growing crops that provide lots of seed.
In the spring of 2006, a grain crop was planted and has grown well, providing an important source of seed to a range of farmland species including the tree sparrows.
Other species have also taken advantage of the project including linnets, grey partridges, yellowhammers, reed buntings and skylarks – all of which are also biodiversity action plan priority species.
Towards the end of the winter the crop had proved so popular with the local birds that it had to be supplemented by bought-in seed.
The project had been led by the Glamorgan bird club, in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology, the Countryside Council for Wales, Earth Watch and the Vale of Glamorgan biodiversity partnership. The project of course would not have been possible without the keen support of many local farmers.
As well as the winter feeding, nest boxes have been put up for the tree sparrows.