that just after World War II, the birds in
the Botanics had become very tame on account of elderly men beyond
conscription age feeding them daily.
My father taught
me how to entice a variety of birds such as blue tits, coal tits,
great tits, chaffinches and robins onto my hand by sitting very
still with crumbs of bread and cheese on the outstretched palm.
No-one seems to
do this any longer, although people do feed the squirrels by hand."
Allan Dodds, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, England: May 26, 2011