I have already read that the cold wet summer has been bad for butterflies and bats, so it seems only logical that our garden birds have also suffered. A RSPB survey has shown that the weather has affected the chicks of species such as blackbirds, song thrushes and robins. Once again it is the fact that the adult birds have had trouble finding enough food for their chicks. Birds have faced longer searches for food as insects are unable to fly in wet weather, meaning they are away from the nest for longer periods of time, exposing the chicks to chilly, wet conditions. I would think, however, that those birds, that eat slugs and snails would have done better this year, I have never seen so many of creatures on the lawn every morning as I have this year. Perhaps, natural selection will start to favour those that have developed an appetite for slugs.