Urban birds cope better

Birds breeding in native British woodland are more susceptible to the effects of extreme weather than those in urban environments, according to a new study carried out across Cambridgeshire.

The findings of the study by Anglia Ruskin University have been published by online journal PLOS ONE.

The research examined breeding patterns of blue tits and great tits at three sites in Cambridgeshire over a ten year period and found that urban birds are better able to cope during unusually cold and wet weather because they are less reliant on feeding their chicks a single food source.