Friends of Brinvale

 For more information regarding caring for wild birds and related products browse through some of our friends. If you have a website you would like to put forward please email or complete our contact form



The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers. 

Here at Brinvale Bird Foods the farm is  not only producing food but bursting with wildlife.  We are dedicated to sustaining natural habitats, producing a range of high quality bird food, whilst providing excellent service and advice to our customers. It seemed a natural choice to partner with the BTO who provide us with essential information to ensure we can continue to support British birds and wildlife.


Alan The Hedgehog

 When was the last time you saw a hedgehog (apart from one of the unfortunate ones you see at the side of the road...)? Scuttling across a garden, sniffing around a veg patch, nipping in to a hedgerow, or rolling into a ball?

Alan and his friends are here to educate you about the issues that hedgehogs are facing and highlight a few of the key things that are contributing to the downfall of these curious garden explorers.

Alan the Hedgehog takes the basic concept of animal protection and adds a unique twist that engages the entire family! Be sure to look out for the Alan The Hedgehog books that are coming soon and a perfect way to get the younger generation invested in the welfare of animals whilst silmultaneously telling a fantastic story.

"These stories are about me and my friends and the problems we face: from close encounters with dangerous dogs, to daring drinks when the weather is really dry"

Become "Hedgeducated" Today! 


British Garden Birds


 British Garden Birds is dedicated to helping garden birdwatchers to identify and enjoy the birds that visit their gardens, and to understand the birds' lives and behaviour. 

Packed with information about all things British Birds, their website is a real treasure trove of information for any bird lover! 

You can also keep up to date with it all via the Garden Birds Facebook and Twitter pages- both packed with photos and blogs about all your favourite birds.

The website also hosts a range of quiz's if you're looking to really test your knowledge. 


Rutland Water


Rutland Water

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed in partnership with Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain.

Rutland Water is home to a vast array of wildlife and provides a fantastic day out for the entire family. With activities ranging from leisurely strolls surrounded by untouched nature- to rock climbing. 


Rutland Ospreys  

The Reserve is also home to the successful Osprey project where the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years was hatched in 2001.

Ospreys are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir from April - September.

The website itself is full of information about these wonderful birds and includes fantastic features such as "The Osprey Nest Webcam" which provides 24/7 footage of some of the only Osprey nests in the UK!

The Osprey project celebrates Osprey birds in Britain and aims to provide the best possible conditions in order to keep these magnificent creatures returning to British soil for many years to come.






The Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) was founded in 1941, and now has around 600 members. Their aims are to promote the study, conservation and enjoyment of birds and birding in Leicestershire and Rutland, to record and publish members' sightings, and organise survey work to further peoples knowledge of the birds of Leicestershire and Rutland. See the 'Bird Recording' section for details of how you can share these objectives.

The LROS organises a range of other activities and facilities for its members. These include a monthly Newsletter, an Annual Bird Report, outings, indoor meetings and fieldwork. You will find full details of these and other Society activities in the 'About LROS' section


Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

 The Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers is a registered charity with membership open to all. The society aims to promote an interest in birds in Nottinghamshire. They are a friendly group for anybody interested in wild birds, living in, or visiting, Nottinghamshire, irrespective of their level of knowledge, experience or skill.

The society is administered by Nottinghamshire birdwatchers for Nottinghamshire birdwatchers. The society organises local guided walks and trips to birdwatching areas further afield. Communication is by this website, Twitter and by the newsletter that is published on a monthly basis. Membership is open to everyone from experts to beginners. They are also especially keen to attract younger members to the society, and offer 21yrs and under members the opportunity of funding towards training or attending an event to help improve skills.


Ford Images

Ford Images

A portfolio of images including birds and other wildlife, as well as a collection of other images gathered from around the UK and beyond.

These gorgeous photographs capture a large variety from grand architecture to surreal nature. 


Early Bird Watching - Bird Watching 

An informative site designed for Bird Watchers by providing resources and information geared to assist them with the enjoyment of this wonderful hobby. 

The website also provides links to all things Bird Watching from across the internet including intriguing articles and videos!
Early Bird Watching also keeps Bird Watchers up to date with a huge array of bird watching events from across the UK.


Alan Saunders' Wildlife Photography


Wildlife Photography - By Alan Saunders

A fantastic collection of Wildlife Photography and presentation information.

“I’m an aspiring professional wildlife photographer. I live in Stockport, Cheshire on the outskirts of some great wildlife country, with the peak district just an hours drive away. Wildlife photography is an obsession of mine and I use all of my free time going out with my camera to capture wildlife, It’s one of the most rewarding areas of photography. You don’t always get it right, but that’s what makes photography great. I love Scotland and will be going back there whenever I can. It’s one of, if not the best, place for wildlife in the UK and the Isle of Mull for me is the mecca in Scotland for wildlife. The land of the White Tailed Sea Eagle and the Golden Eagle not forgetting the elusive Otter and the other wildlife and stunning scenery Mull has to offer.”


Inspiration Wildlife



A Link to Peter Edge's Wildlife Photography Website - outstanding wildlife image

Peter Edge has had a keen interest in wildlife from a very early age.
Growing up in a semi-rural part of Derbyshire before moving to London to earn a living.

“I have spent the last 5 years living by lake Geneva in Switzerland and spending time in Southwest France, I am lucky to have access to a wide variety of Wildlife.
I have recently moved to Japan and am settling into life in Tokyo. Obviously wildlife in Tokyo is a little scarce but the rest of Japan makes up for this and I am looking forward to exploring this interesting country , particularly the northern island of Hokkaido.”


Camo Dave

A selection of live cameras focussed on capturing wildlife including wild birds in their natural environment.