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Bird feeding in garden

Would you like to attract more birds into your garden? Perhaps your garden has been looking a little lifeless and in need of some feathered friends?

Wild birds are appreciative of food, water and space to shelter, particularly if you live in a built-up residential area where greenery is sparse.

That's why we want to inspire you to turn your garden into a haven for birds! Adding some simple features to your garden can make all the difference.

 

Planting Flowers & Hedges

If you have the available space, why not make the most of it and plant some flowers or hedges? Berry-bearing hedges and nectar-rich flowers offer all kinds of bird-friendly benefits.

Not only do shrubs and flowers offer seasonal food and protection from predators, they also provide birds with a place to shelter from the heat. You should consider planting a combination of the following in your bird-friendly garden:

  • Honeysuckle - Besides looking beautiful in summer, honeysuckle provides nectar for all kinds of wild birds including thrushes, warblers and bullfinches.
  • Sunflowers - With their tightly-packed seed heads, sunflowers are attractive to birds, bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
  • Pyracantha - Nicknamed 'fire horn' due to its long spikey horns, the pyracantha hedge offers protection from predators such as cats.
  • Wild Rose / Brambles - These native rambling plants provide even more shelter and food for the wildlife in your garden.

Bird on a garden bird bath

Install / Make a Water Bath

If you want to add a beautiful, practical feature to your garden, an ornate birdbath is the way to go! Birds will flock to open water to bathe and hydrate, especially when temperatures rise.

There are hundreds of bird baths available for you to choose from, so pick one that suits the aesthetic of your garden, but also one that's easy to clean to help prevent disease from spreading.

A pond is also a great option if you want to encourage a variety of wildlife into your garden. Of course, if you can't decide which birdbath option is right for your garden, you can upturn a clean bin lid to create a temporary bird bath until you choose a more permanent fixture!

 

Provide Bird Food

Birds spend their days searching for food, so providing a plentiful offering in your garden is a great way to attract them. If there are specific bird species you want to attract into your garden, you can tailor your bird food offering to suit their food preferences.

For example:

  • Niger seeds are perfect for attracting goldfinches into your garden.

 

Nest Boxes

Shelter is something that all wildlife searches for, especially when the weather starts to get a little bit cooler. Adding a nest box to your garden can be a great way to encourage a family of birds to take up residency, giving you the opportunity to observe them as they come and go.

nest box with internal camera

Nesting boxes come in a range of designs and sizes, making them a suitable shelter for a huge range of birds. You can even choose a nest box with an internal camera if you really want to get up close and personal with your new feathered friends!

These are just a few tips to make gardening for birds a little easier! Of course, if you'd like to take a look at some of our other garden products to give the birds in your garden a little helping hand, don't hesitate to visit our website.

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