Pickle says….I am loving this time of year and the nicer weather we are having, aren’t you? The sun has been shining, it is a little warmer and we are noticing lots more wildlife both in our garden and when out and about in the countryside. This year is the first spring we have (unfortunately) no cats as pets, and we have noticed so many more birds in our garden. We have some top tips on how to attract birds to your garden.
We miss our cats terribly, but we are enjoying seeing more and more birds feeling safe and happy enough to visit – and even nest in our garden.
Birds aren’t just pretty to look at, they are so important for our garden. Sparrows, robins and their friends eat all the grubs and bugs that attack your lettuces, potatoes and flowers.
To encouraging birds into your garden you need to know which species you are likely to attract and at what time of year.
Here are some tips:
As well as feeding birds seed and some kitchen scraps, planting certain kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers help. A few nesting boxes fixed securely high up on a tree trunk can also bring new life into your garden.
Birds will want to visit your garden if there’s plenty of food available, so put up some some feeders.
Provide a wide range of natural food such as seed mixes, sunflower hearts, niger seed, suet products, and if you are brave enough, live foods such as mealworms. By providing a wide mix of foods you will attract more species.
Offer a range of ways for birds to feed in your garden such as feeders, bird tables and the ground. This is because some birds such as the blackbird can’t perch on a full seed feeder. They need them in a place which is the same or similar to where it would find its natural food such as the ground.
Build a ‘habitat pile’ which is simply a pile of branches, twigs and other garden waste in a quiet corner of your garden where insects will live, breed and hibernate to provide food for your birds.
Offer fresh water for drinking and bathing. A bird bath is a perfect way to do this, make sure the water is always clean.
I know a few birds, little robins, seagulls and magpies but there are so many out there. Rattan Direct has come up with a fab fun quiz to see of you can name different birds. Why not test your knowledge and see how many you know?
Do you notice many birds in your garden?
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