How to make your garden bird-friendly
Mark Boyd, Youth Manager at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has these tips for encouraging birds to stop outside your home, whether you have a plant-filled garden or a few pots on the balcony:
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- Place varying types of bird feeders with different food around the garden to attract as many different bird species as you can.
- Make sure your feeding station is easily visible from your favourite window so that you can fully enjoy watching the birds.
- Attach stickers to the outside of your window to reduce the chance of birds flying into them.
- Choose and grow native varieties of plants in your garden, because they tend to be better for insects (which are another form of bird food!).
- Don’t be in a rush to tidy up the garden after your plants have stopped flowering. Seed heads are valuable sources of food in themselves, and good refuges for mini-beasts.
- Always make sure clean, fresh water is available at ground level for birds and visiting mammals to drink and bathe in.
- Put up a range of nestboxes so you don’t have all one type. Birds are territorial and won’t tolerate others of the same species nesting too close.
- Make your own bee houses and bug hotels to keep your garden insect-friendly, which helps to support the food chain!