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. Give a Bird a Home Infographic by Sykes Cottages with help from the […]
Creating a garden that is a little more accessible to the local wildlife isn’t a difficult task but does take a little planning. One of the simplest ways to provide a safe and animal-friendly garden is to recreate a garden that emulates a natural wildlife habitat. Water attractions are vital A garden that has some form of water attraction such as small ponds that can be used as bird baths will be an attraction for the local wildlife. Ponds with […]
If you’re lucky enough to have a reasonably sized outdoor space to call your own, then you may as well encourage local wildlife to share it. Creating a habitat for wildlife means endangered species and vulnerable animals will have a better chance of survival, so you can do your bit for the environment whilst enjoying observing the creatures and critters that your garden has attracted. Bird House and Feeder Having a feeder will attract local birds who are finding it […]
Springwatch is back! Join the team for three weeks of live animal drama in glorious high definition! Once again the Springwatch team will be celebrating the best of our wildlife bringing you news and action live from across the country. As in previous years you are invited to get involved as your input makes the Springwatch programme so much more special and rewarding. For extra insight into some of Springwatch’s big stories and your chance to give your views take […]
A well designed and maintained garden is a joy but what make a garden complete is to have it full of bird song and the fluttering of butterflies.