The Independent carried an article on a very alarming report on bird numbers and the marked decline in woodland birds as well as farmland birds in recent years. Whilst some issues may be related to changes in farm use I wonder how much is due to the impact of climate variation on migration routes. Last year the weather was so extreme the housemartins and swifts around the house were throwing many of their chicks out of their nests maybe because they didn't have enough food for all of them. This year all seems to be well and the parents are busy on the wing finding food. Four years ago we had forty nests around the house - this year probably twenty are inhabited. Follow the link to find out more.