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Bird Feeders Affecting Balance of Bird Populations

The recent British Trust for Ornithology's Garden Bird Feeding Survey has found that the Blue Tit bird has fallen in numbers by an alarming 42% over the last 40 years. In addition the numbers of starlings and song thrushes has dropped by 75% and house sparrows has also declined rapidly by 70%.

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Cutting Edge Designs

The London Design Festival is due to run from September 19 to September 26 and will comprise of more than 200 events all over the city. These include the Design Trade Show at Earls Court, exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and exhibitions by young designers at Tent in east London. Ahead of the show, The Independent has highlighted some of the smaller designers who will be showing their wares at various venues around the capital.

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Many Over 50s Lack Funds To Maintain Home

Research conducted by Saga Home Insurance has discovered that more than one third of those aged over 50 believe their home needs to be repaired, but one in seven say they cannot afford to do so.It was revealed that 16% think that their roof needs to be repaired, while 13% say their guttering and drainage needs attention.

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Road Name Changes by Popular Demand

Councils across the country have reported cases of residents changing the names of their streets because they don't like them.

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Heat Pumps Could Cut Utility Bills by £1.5bn

A study by the Energy Saving Trust has suggested that the use of domestic heat pumps needs to be more closely regulated to ensure they deliver consistent energy savings.

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New Homes Month

The UK housebuilding industry has declared this month to be New Homes Month in a bid to give house hunters some insight into what they should look out for when deciding to buy a brand new home. The month has been launched following the huge success of the new Homes Week in 2009.

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Women Use DIY To Express Their Creativity

A study by power tools manufacturer Bosch has shown that women are much more likely to indulge in a spot of DIY than previously thought. In fact, 78% say that they enjoy using power tools and improving their homes. 72% of those questioned said that they make better DIYers because they have more patience than men and 48% thought that they were more creative than their other half, particularly when it comes to interior design.

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Avoiding Eye Injuries

Recent research from The College of Optometrists has found that each year in the UK around 30,000 people end up with eye injuries due to DIY activities. They are suggesting that those undertaking any DIY work should take special care of their eyes and wear the recommended eye protection.

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Don't Move, Improve

For all DIY enthusiasts looking to create a snug home and finish off odd jobs before winter sets in, a trip to your local Aldi store could be well worthwhile. The premium discounter has everything you need to get your home ship shape - from wood drills to router tables - allowing you to make BIG savings on the brand leaders.

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Call For DIY Classes

The National Home Improvement Council has suggested that DIY retailers or home improvement companies should set up classes to educate people on how to do basic DIY tasks. The comment was made by Andrew Leech, the director of the NHBC in response to the news that more than half of all young people do not have the skills to maintain their homes.

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Money Saving DIY

Research recently carried out by Homebase has found that around half of those questioned would attempt a DIY job themselves in a bid to save money. It also showed that 83% of consumers had undertaken at least one DIY job in the past 12 months. It seems that the numbers of people making improvements to their homes has not been affected by the economy, but the numbers who are willing to do it themselves has.

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Make Some Room at Home for The BIG Donation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is encouraging people to donate BIG to their local Furniture & Electrical Store this September as part of the nation’s biggest ever stock appeal – The BIG Donation. The BIG Donation aims to make 25,000 (1) free household collections during September - the equivalent of £3 million – and everyone can help by donating good quality sofas, TV’s, wardrobes, fridges, beds, tables, kettles and toasters. All funds raised will go towards fighting heart disease – the nation’s biggest killer.

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