Regular contributor Viv Crump sent in a fine photo of a Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret):


The bird was seen on the Wollaton RBRGHA allotments.  Redpolls have declined in numbers as land-use changes in the countryside have provided less suitable habitat for them, and are now species of high conservation concern.  However,  these attractive finches are becoming more frequently seen in cities, as they are finding gardens valuable feeding habitat.  They are a good example of the importance urban areas can have for biodiversity.  Unfortunately, as the RBRGHA site is threatened by development, the Redpolls stand to lose this piece of valuable habitat.




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