Birds are a welcome guest to our gardens all year round and are a valuable asset to the environment, dispersing seeds and eliminating pests. Wild birds are a marvel to watch in their natural environment and there are many ways to attract them to your garden.
An easy way to attract wild birds throughout the year is to provide them with a steady supply of food. Many species enjoy a selection of nuts and seeds, such as niger or sunflower seeds. Fat balls and suet blocks are also particularly nutritious to birds and great at providing sustenance throughout the colder months.
Offer food in an appropriate bird feeder or on a bird table. Be sure to position feeders in an area where birds can clearly survey their surroundings and fly to cover, should the need arise. Nest boxes are also a great option for birds as they allow them to shelter from the elements and build a nest for their young. Always make sure to fix nest boxes securely, to a sturdy surface.
An important aspect of bird care is cleanliness; it is important to regularly clean and disinfect bird feeders, bird tables and nest boxes to avoid the spread of disease and to remove any old food. Always make sure that old nests are unoccupied before removing them from boxes.