Giving the bird to Organic farming
The latest research, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, suggests that an increase in farmers shifting to organic production could reduce the numbers of songbirds that depend on seeds to survive the winter. Organic farms plough up their fields after the cereal harvest in the autumn so there are no fields of stubble where birds can feed on seeds from weeds and other plants.
Their findings are a blow to organic champions who are still reeling from a study this summer which found that there were no health benefits to be gained from eating organic food.
Expect a dawn chorus of Lesser Spotted Melchetts tweeting that no one understands organic farming....