Birds & Gardens

Birds & Gardens

Although it's wise to put nets over newly planted seeds & the odd scarecrow near crops birds also play a vital role in a garden's ecosystem. The are great at controlling pests such as snails & aphids, & will also help by eating wind­fallen fruits.  They are also lovely to have around & watch. 

Here's a short guide on how to encourage birds to visit your garden & get them to help you

  • Hang up peanuts & seeds all year around. Buy a mix that includes sunflower seeds, canary seed, hemp and husk-free oats. 
  • Put feeders somewhere cats can't get at them or plant something prickly around the base.
  • Clean feeders regularly to avoid the build up of bacteria harmful to the birds
  • Provide clean, unfrozen water at  depth of between 2.5cm & 10cm for drinking a bathing
  • Birds like to live where there are layers of greenery, shrubs, bushes, trees; this landscape covers all their needs.

                   More specifically:

                                    mixed hedges of hawthorn, holly, dog rose, goat willow & honey­suckle,

                                    ivy-covered walls 

                                    fruiting trees & shrubs such as rosehips, crab apple, quince,

                                    nut trees

                                    teasel attracts birds in autumn and winter.

  • Birds use the winter to scope out spots to breed come spring, so make your bird box is up ready for winter inspection!
  • Bird Boxes should face NE not SW; birds are more likely to nest in them if facing NE.

  • It doesn’t really matter if you clean bird boxes out or not; you are as likely to get a bird nesting in them either way.

  • Creating new nesting places to introducing plants and trees rich in nuts and berries. 

 

birdHow to Make a Bird Nest Box

Making your own Bird Nesting Box is easy!  

If you put it in the right place you can watch birds move in, have a family, feed the chicks & then watch them as they learn to fly away. The accuracy with which they can fly at speed through such a small hole to feed their young never ceases to amaze.

If you would like to know how to make your own nesting box the RSPB is the source of all knowledge. They will advise on the dimensions for particular species, location & the sort of food you should put out for them to give them the best chance possible.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to their easy to follow instructions.   

 

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