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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

23 February, 2015

Magpie: not guilty my lord | Nature Notes from Dorset

This is they bird people love to hate! If you listen to many people you would soon believe that the poor magpie (Pica pica) is the sole reason for the decline in numbers of garden birds. This is, of course, absolute rubbish and these prejudices against the magpie have no basis in science at all. 
The fact is that garden birds populations reflect total populations. If a bird has decreased in numbers across the country in all habitats it will, obviously, be seen less often in gardens! The decline in many bird species populations are usually complex and revolve around loss of suitable breeding territory and problems with food supply.

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