TOP 10 BIRDS, most common birds in UK
(From: The Big Garden Birdwatch 2020)
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Birdfeeders & Bird Boxes: What birds need in your garden: It is great to regularly supply a good variety of suitable bird foods like raw unsalted peanuts, seed mixes and fat balls.
Be aware of the placement of the feeder- in an open area, on a paving or grass is possibly best if you can*
Birds like to feel safe from predators, so for any placement of feeders or bird boxes they need to be safe from the local cat population and sparrow hawks or at least be able to see them coming.
Place bird boxes as high as possible, face the box between north and east, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds. Make sure that the birds have a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter directly in front of the entrance.
Avoid having feeders over garden beds and borders as many of the spilt food will start to sprout and you’ll have the extra job of weeding them out, which takes longer than sweeping up.
Natural feeding & foraging habits: Birds are also attracted to eat more in your garden than just the bird food-. This is a fantastic way to help for pest control- they will dig for worms and chafer grubs & leatherjackets in the lawn, they will forage for aphids and other insects in perennials, shrubs and trees. A real treat is berries in the autumn and winter.
They also love to have a wildlife pond, big enough with shallow areas with flat rocks to drink easily from, bird baths with clean water to drink from and clean themselves in
Not tidying too much and leaving cutting back old growth & seed heads, leaf litter etc until spring is also a great way for leaving habitats for birds to forage and as a bonus are places for beneficial insects* to overwinter in, remaining in your garden to emerge the following spring.
*Beneficial insects are those that help to not only pollinate, but to help control or eradicate excess harmful insects like aphids.Eg ladybirds, lacewings & hoverflies. (I will do another article soon on these.)
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