Songbirds show spring is on the way

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Eastbourne residents can now listen out for the welcome early morning sound of the song birds heralding the prospect of spring.

To celebrate the end of a long, cold, and very wet, winter Sussex Wildlife Trust wants to know what great examples of nature and wildlife they are now seeing.

A spokesman for the charity said, “Finally the clocks change at the end of March and we “spring forward” into summertime.

“You may not need to change your alarm clock as, even in the suburbs, the mounting dawn chorus can wake you up.

“Our resident song birds, including the song thrush, are already in full song and proclaiming their territories. these familiar song birds are found in woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens – anywhere where there are bushes or trees – but their numbers have declined seriously since the 70s .

“They are smaller than a blackbird with brown upper parts and a pale, buff chest with dark speckles.

“These songsters live up to their name with a beautiful repertoire of over one hundred phrases, that are often repeated without a break.

“It’s also a song that becomes richer and more complex as the bird ages breed from March until July in a nest shaped like the inside of a coconut and just as smooth, often producing three broods of up to five bright blue, spotty eggs they like to eat snails, worms, and fruit, often using a favourite stone or rock to smash open the snails’ shell.”

If you would like to tell Sussex Wildlife Trust about the nature you see or hear please visit the wildlife advice pages on our website www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Alternatively if you have a wildlife query ring Sussex Wildlife Trust’s information hotline - WildCall - on 01273 494777.