It’s Spring, your garden is looking beautiful but missing the sound of birdsong. Birds can create the heavenly nature that every garden deserves. Attracting birds to your garden can be extremely difficult especially in harsh weather conditions. There are few easy steps that one you can take to ensure that the garden remains a heaven for birds all seasons though. And before we go any further – no, I am not using an outdated, offensive term for women – although if you were looking to attract women to your garden, a good start would be to attract some wildlife – particularly birds.

Nesting

A bird’s nest is its home, it’s where it will lay its eggs and raise its off-spring. By ensuring that you provide the perfect places for birds to build their nests will make them feel safe in your garden. Birds are quite sensitive, and if they feel threatened in some way, they will find another place to make their home, so you want to avoid anything that could pose a threat to them. That means keeping Felix inside.

Food

Birds consume a variety of food products such as grains, berries and nuts. You can be more specific to the type of birds that you want your garden to attract by limiting the type of food source available. Having a flower garden that is rich in nectar would attract nectar-eating birds like the Hummingbird. Unfortunately, if you’re living in England, which I assume you are, there isn’t much hope of one of them arriving in your back garden anytime soon. All the same for a beautiful garden with plenty of different bird types you need to work and ensure that there are plenty of foods. Place feeding troughs in open places that the birds can easily find. Ensure that the garden is rich in plants that produce fruits suitable for the birds. You can also spread grains on the grass surface for them to pick as food. Feeding stations have become increasingly popular in recent years too – they are a great way to keep the food out of reach of squirrels and rats too – two things that you certainly don’t want plaguing your garden!

Water

Winter normally makes water a scarce resource for the birds. By ensuring that the garden has plenty of clean unfrozen water, you will have birds streaming in from everywhere to fill your garden. You can go as far as providing troughs with water that will serve as bathing and drinking source for the birds. Bird baths can also double up as beautiful features in your garden for you to design around. Whilst they might not be suited to gardens where regular football fixtures take place, if your garden doesn’t have kids racing around a bird bath can add a nice sense of tranquility at relatively low cost.

As humans, our basic needs are food, shelter and clothing, and this isn’t much different for the birds. When birds know where they can find abundant food, water, and shelter they make it their home or rather ensure that they make frequent visits to such gardens.

Here are a few birds you need to attract to your garden

  1. Siskins – they are among the birds species that are common garden visitors. They really love peanuts and sunflower seeds and that is how you attract them to your garden.
  2. Jays – scattering peanuts, hazelnuts and hoard acorns on your garden will attract them. They have great preference to areas with mature trees like oaks.
  3. Green woodpeckers – quite rare garden visitors, but you might spot them during the Autumn / Winter especially if your garden has fallen apples, nuts, berries and takeaway seeds.

Helpful tips that will keep birds visiting your garden

Keep the garden free from predators. Cats can be a problem and you may need to ensure that they don’t have access to the birds feeding area.

Ensure that the nest boxes are always clean each winter season as it raises the chances of it being occupied. Place the boxes in different positions as the birds are quite choosy of the place they breed and raise their off-springs.

It is a good practice to be cleaning the feeders. Sterilise them on a regular basis and don’t let mould form on the troughs. You wouldn’t want diseases to be spreading via your garden.