Tips to make the garden more appealing to birds
There are several attractions which will encourage more birds to make more visits, more often and spend more time in your garden. Although the popularity of some of these attractions might be seasonal, most are easy to implement and three in particular will most of the time prove irresistible, transforming your garden into a bird haven. Nesting boxes – small birds are very selective on which boxes to use, some like blue tits preferring a very small front entrance hole (typically 30mm diameter) others will prefer larger holes. Similarly location is very important, some like robins will prefer a shaded heavily secluded position but blue tits will readily use boxes in an open location on tree trunk or blank wall. Most birds will select sites which offer some level of protection from natural elements or predators, so boxes are best positioned at least two metres above ground level and with reasonable shelter from prevailing winds, rain and bright sunlight. Feeding – it is a good idea to provide some feeding all year round, ideally avoid bread and use seeds instead. To avoid unwelcome germination of any seed in the garden, simply pop seed into the microwave and cook briefly before adding seed to the bird feeders. In colder periods, seed can be supplemented and mixed with lard or other fats. Water – like humans, birds require water all year round for hygiene and hydration. A Bird bath is an ideal means of attracting the birds that will enjoy daily bathing especially during balmy weather.
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