Whilst some folks invest in our bird watching binoculars and telescopes for adventures over hill and moor, we meet lots of lovely folks who are interested in twitching a little closer to home, namely in their own back gardens!
First off, if there are lots of cats in the neighbourhood you’re at a disadvantage. To get around this it’s best to create high-up bird-friendly areas where local birdlife can safely nest and feed. The eves of old sheds etc. are ideal; anywhere local moggies can’t reach! Try to choose a spot you can view easily and comfortably using your nice new bird watching binoculars or telescopes.
Nesting and Cover
• Native trees and foliage attracts native birds. Do a little research to find out what nature intended to be your garden.
• Protective hedgerows and climbers like ivy, hawthorn, privet and blackthorn are great hiding/feeding spots and nesting locations for small birds.
Water and Food
• Remember to encourage tasty insects which will in turn attract birds.
• A little lawn space will attract larger birds to hunt for juicy worms.
• A safely sited bird bath is great for all birds; close to hiding areas like bushes etc is ideal. Pop a few rocks in for smaller birds to perch on. Birds also love moving water, so a chemical-free water feature could work wonderfully.
• Keep all feeding spots off the ground and free from things like mould and accumulated dirt.
• Birds usually prefer their feeding spots to be a little way away from nesting locations.