How To Attract Wild Birds Into Your Garden
Attract Wild Birds
How to attract wild birds into your garden is simple and rewarding. Wild birds have been a feature of British gardens for centuries. With the destruction of the wild birds’ natural habitat; they have increasingly relied on gardens and garden feeders for food, water, and shelter. Sadly, in recent years, fewer and fewer gardeners have maintained space for wild birds, leading to a decrease in the wild bird population.
It is both a kindness and a blessing to put out food and shelter for wild birds in this day and age. With fewer and fewer birds in British neighbourhoods. It can take a while for a regular crowd of birds to visit your garden. However, after birds discover a friendly garden. They return to it again and again, becoming regular customers and friends to an avid gardener.
What to Feed
Feeding wild birds is the first priority. Bird feeders come in all shapes and sizes, for different types of food, and wild birds tend to have a wide array of dietary preferences. All birds like high-calorie, easy-to-eat foods like seeds, fat, fruit, and peanuts. However, each species does have its favourites. Fruit and sugary treats appeal greatly to very small, very high metabolism birds. They can best be offered to birds in a flat-bottomed, open container with protection from wind and predators. Larger birds prefer peanuts or fat balls, which are best offered through open, accessible feeders.
A good idea is to experiment with several types of food to see which attracts the most diverse and desirable wild bird crowd. Bird feeders that allow two different food types at once are useful in determining which food your wild birds like better. You can shop our selection of bird feeders here. It can also be a good idea to give wild birds some treats, to start. Sunflower hearts are tasty and nutritious for virtually all wild birds. They are a great way of “advertising” a bird-friendly garden to your local bird population. Once birds get into the habit of coming to a garden for treats. They will continue to do so even with cheaper birdseed.
Make It a Home
It is equally important to provide water shelter for wild birds, something difficult for them to find in modern towns and cities. Hanging birdbaths are an affordable safe space for wild birds to drink, bathe and play. Suspended bird baths sway gently in the breeze, creating the illusion of running water. Since running water is known to attract birds, this is a clear advantage over fixed birdbaths.
To attract wild birds to your garden you need to offer them shelter, as it ensures that birds will think of your garden as a safe home. Nest boxes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, designed for different types of birds. While some have large openings for all birds, these can often be too exposed for small birds’ likings. It is best to experiment with a few different nest boxes with various sizes of openings, allowing a diverse garden bird population. Attracting wild birds into the garden takes a small investment and some time. However, a birdsong accompanying your morning and birds playing in your garden is worth it by far.