Are you feeding birds in your garden? It’s a great thing to do – birds are absolutely vital for our eco-system. They gobble up pests (meaning we don’t have to cover our lawns in harsh chemicals) and they even alert us when there are changes in our environment that need addressing. However, in a bid to help our feathered friends, many of us accidentally assist a group of invaders with bushy tails, little claws and sharp teeth: squirrels! Avid bird […]
Over recent years there has been a decline in the number of hedgerows in our countryside leading to a shortage of berry laden trees and shrubs which are a vital source of nutrition for native garden birds during the autumn and winter months. Shrubs and trees such as Rowan, Cotoneaster, Pyracantha, Hawthorn, and Yew provide a marvellous source of winter food for the birds but sadly there just aren’t enough to go round so take some time this weekend to visit your local […]
As the winter months draw in each year, you’ll undoubtedly soon start to see a decline in the number of birds you see in your garden as they migrate in search of warmer climes. Whilst this is a disappointment for most bird and garden lovers, it is of course imperative to their survival – but have you ever actually considered where and how far some of your favourite garden birds travel? Fortunately the team at Vine House Farm have created […]
Shocked at the decline in our native birds the people at Sykes Cottages recently conducted a survey to find out how many people had a nest box in their garden; the survey showed that less than a third of people do. Following on from these results they produced very interesting, and useful, visual guide to easily show people what they can do to make their gardens bird-friendly; take a look below. To read the full survey results take a look at their press […]
I have always been a big believer in feeding the garden birds throughout the year. However, I stopped feeding a few months ago as the feeders were attracting vermin. Since then I have only provided saucers of water; they together with the Ivy and other bird loving plants still attract a good number of birds.