I’m new to the site. I moved to a new house last year. Our last house backed on to woods and had a large garden. I have taken part in the bird watch for the last 3 years and always spotted wonderful birds. I have very few in this garden. I put out bird feed last month with small success. How do I encourage a greater variety of bird and insects?
Hello Mairi, firstly welcome to the forum from Caithness up at the very top of Scotland. We are a friendly lot and have great banter, you will see lovely photos and read interest posts, enjoy. To get the birds in the garden requires a combination of things. It is best to have some trees, shrubs, bushes, these can be used for birds to have cover from predators animals and the Sparrowhawk, also some birds like to take food and go into cover to eat it. You can also hang feeders in these. You do not have to have lots of feeders with different things in them, so you could start with a couple of things and see what you may get, then try something different. I feed bird seed, peanuts (in feeders and scattered just now, but always in feeders in the breeding season) sunflower hearts, Niger seed and fat balls, cakes and suet pieces. Always scatter some under the feeders, bushes, paving etc for birds that do not feed from hanging feeders. Always keep everything clean, feeders and the area around them. If you don't have greenery, plant up some quick growing things in tubs, planters, boxes and they can be placed around the garden along side fences, up against walls, until you get time to maybe plan your garden. Another thing to have available is water, bird baths. These do not have to be fancy ones with bases, you could to start with get something simple like shallow dishes, basins, bowls, boxes, not too deep, this will allow them to bath and drink. Keep them clean as well. You can put up some bird boxes, now would be a good time so that the birds can have a place to roost in on the cold windy, wet nights and then they will know where they are and they may get used in the Spring for breeding. As far as wildlife, you can plant specific plants for butterflies and bees, have a Google and you will find lots of choices. You could have a corner with old pieces of wood, cut logs, twigs, leaves, moss and you may attract hedgehogs. Just some ideas for you and I am sure others will be along and can add to what I have said. Good luck, keep us posted and enjoy.
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Mairi Turquoise said: plenty seeds for the feeders
Sunflower Hearts seem to be the order of the day here, all the birds here eat them, and little suet pellets :o)
Hi PimperneBloke, Great tips thank you! I’m awaiting my order of bird feed from RSPB then I’m raring to go! :)
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