Songbird themed shapes exercise
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Simon has been a professional gamekeeper for nearly 40 years. Beginning his career on lowland reared bird shoots, he was headkeeper of Holkham Estate in North Norfolk for seven years and most recently, headkeeper at the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project in Dumfriesshire. Long committed to the health and wellbeing of the countryside and all wildlife, not just game birds, Simon is keen to find a workable solution to current conservation conflicts.
Alert Status: RedIdentifying Features: Smaller than the mistle thrush and less upright when standing. The breast has arrow shaped spots.Average Length: 23 cmAverage Lifespan: 3 yearsAverage Wingspan: 33 - 36 cmBeak type: InsectsFeeding:Natural: Worms, insects, berries and snailsHow to feed: Ground feedersWhat to feed: Fruit, raisins & mealwormsNesting: Shady place in a bush or tree, constructed from grass, twigs & earth. Where to see: UK wide; woodlands, parks, hedgerows & gardens
Get out for some exercise, meet new people and have fun!
Get lots of sponsors - either a set amount or sponsor per mile! Make sure to get gift aid declarations from your sponsors to make every penny work harder.
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A bird themed spot the difference
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Stories and quiz about songbirds
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Alert Status: GreenIdentifying Features: Long wings & tail streamers with royal blue upper partsAverage Length: 17-20 cmAverage Lifespan: 2 YearsAverage Wingspan: 30 - 35 cmBeak type: Flat & wideFeeding:Natural: InsectsHow to feed: Feed on the wing so do not take supplementary foodWhat to feed: Offer plenty of nectar-rich planting to encourage winged insectsNesting: Made from mud & plant fibres. Will use specialist nest boxesWhere to see: Widespread across the UK. Usually found around quiet farm buildings where they like to nest.
Sell your unwanted items and raise funds for SBS!
Take along old books, videos, ornaments, clothes and sell them on - freeing up space at home and raising funds for SBS. One of our super volunteers has raised over £10,000 through events like this!
If you have a lot to sell or want to involve the whole community then you could consider hiring a whole venue specially for your event - perhaps the vendor will be charitable and donate the space for the good cause! You could include additional sections like a raffle or tombola.
Please do ask us for help and we can offer more detailed guidance as well as leaflets and posters - click here
We’d love to know what birds you can see in your area
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Tell us what you see – once you have filled in your poster send a copy, scan or photo of it to us at [email protected]
Tom, runs the family farming partnership in West Essex and lives on the farm, with his family. As well as working on his family’s land, Tom also shares responsibility for 1900ha of cropped arable land across Essex and in Hertfordshire as a partner in contract farming company TS Arable.
A keen wildlife photographer, it’s fair to say that he spends an awful lot of time working on, studying and caring for the county’s rural land and community.
Some ideas to help you organise an amazing event to help raise funds and promote SBS
What is the purpose of your event? Perhaps you’d like to do more than raise funds and help let people know more about the cause and work we do. Let us know how we can help you with leaflets, posters and maybe even attend in person!
How much money do you plan to raise? Having a goal will make organising things much easier.
Taking into account the fundraising goal; how much money should you spend on running your event? Perhaps make a budget listing of everything you can think of and leave a little extra for any unforeseen costs.
Whether working alone or with a group or committee; leadership is essential to reach your goals. For larger events definitely get a committee together. Include local celebrities, business leaders and philanthropists and don’t forget on the ground volunteers and staff.
Who will come to your event? Who will support you? Is the event geared towards a specific group like business people, parents, or young professionals?
Where will it be? Will food be served? Will there be entertainment? What kind of dress will be required? What is the itinerary for the event? You can always ask SBS for advice.
Get the word out: make posters, invites, postcards, adverts, word of mouth and, of course, social media. Don’t forget to share your event with SBS so we can help promote it to our supporters for you.
Will people buy tickets or sponsor you or will they be making donations to SBS directly? Why not set up an online fundraising page here to make collecting funds even easier? If you expect cash donations on the day make sure you ask SBS for donation boxes.
It is worth running through how your event should run with all key personnel. If you are having a large or unusual event, the event staff may want to have a practice run to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Make sure to keep a note of all the people who helped to make your event a success; from volunteers or staff to donors or vendors then let us know these details so we can thank them (and you) all for their help!
Most of all - make sure you have fun!
Alert Status: RedIdentifying Features: Smaller than the house sparrow. Both males and females have the chocolate brown head. Average Length: 14 cmAverage Lifespan: 2 yearsAverage Wingspan: 20 - 22 cmBeak type: SeedsFeeding:Natural: Aphids, caterpillars, flies, beetles and seedsHow to feed: Hanging feeders & bird tablesWhat to feed: Mixed seeds, linseeds, sunflower hearts, peanut granulesNesting: Tree sparrows will mate for life, nesting in a domed or cup shaped nest made of twigs & leaves and lined with down, moss and hair. Will use a nest box.Where to see: Main population can be found across the midlands, eastern & southern England. Usually found in hedgerows & edges of woodlands.
A poster of songbirds to spot with some hints and tips to help songbirds throughout the year
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Alert Status: RedIdentifying Features: Black caps with sandy-brown upper parts. Willow Tit is scruffier looking than the Marsh Tit. Average Length: 12 cmAverage Lifespan: 2 YearsAverage Wingspan: 17-18 cm Beak type: InsectsFeeding:Natural: Insects, seeds berries & occasionally nutsHow to feed: Hanging feeders & bird tablesWhat to feed: Seeds, berries suet treats & peanut granulesNesting: Usually found in cavities in dead trees or stumps. Can nest in nest boxes but box needs to be filled with sawdust.Where to see: Usually found in damp places like willow thickets & edges of lowland peatbogs of England, Wales and South Scotland.
A songbird themed wordsearch
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A bird themed wordsearch
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Alert Status: GreenIdentifying Features: Rich brown in colour with a short cocked tail which they repeatedly flickAverage Length: 9 - 10 cmAverage Lifespan: 2 yearsAverage Wingspan: 13 - 17 cmBeak type: InsectsFeeding:Natural: Spiders and insects How to feed: Ground feeders & bird tablesWhat to feed: Cheese, mealworms, peanut granules, suet treatsNesting: Globe-shaped nests in walls, banks & trees. Will use open fronted nest boxes for nesting & roosting too.Where to see: UK wide found in woodlands & gardens.
Alert Status: RedIdentifying Features: Sparrow-sized bunting. Male is bright yellow with dark streaking. Females are not so bright and can be brown looking. Average Length: 16 cmAverage Lifespan: 3 YearsAverage Wingspan: 23-29 cmBeak type: SeedsFeeding:Natural: Seeds & grainsHow to feed: Hanging feedersWhat to feed: Sunflower hearts, raisins, corn & seedsNesting: Cup-shaped nest on the ground among hedgerows, grasses or shrubs. Where to see: Most of England and Wales, some of Scotland and Ireland. Open countryside, bushes & hedgerows.
Zara is an art consultant and exhibition director with a fascination for the natural environment. She has travelled extensively travelled and has interests in gardening, museums, art and architecture, walking, skiing and triathlons, amongst many other outdoor pursuits.