OUR sunny hillside garden at Balfron has been, ere now, a popular gathering place for countless tits, finches, robins and sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes and spotted woodpeckers but, despite continuous supplies of seeds, nuts and other tempting bird foods most of them have shunned us over the winter and now that spring is here they seem to have deserted us completely.

Without the cheery flutter and chatter of these feathered visitors our garden seems a strangely empty place. Can anyone tell us what has become of them all? Have they taken fright because of Brexit?

Sue Stephen,

Cutty Cottage,