Avoid creating dangers for wildlife
The rubbish we throw away every day can be a real problem for wildlife if we're not careful. You can save the lives of many birds and mammals without even knowing it, just by ensuring you reduce, reuse, or recycle your waste. Be a lifesaver and dispose of all your waste responsibly.
Create a space for nature
Bees and other pollinators will benefit greatly if you planted plants which have pollen. They can go anywhere, even in built up areas a small garden window box goes along way. Planting herbs encourage bee activity.
Grow a wildlife-friendly garden
If you plant or encourage wildflowers to grow in your garden, as this will attract pollinating insects, birds can then benefit by having extra to feed on. If you also have some spare logs, try putting them in the garden and create a log pile. This encourages undergrowth to encourage spiders, beetles, worms and other food for birds and you may even encourage a hedgehog or two! If you don’t ‘dead head’ your flowers they will produce seeds for seed-eating birds like goldfinches.
Feed the birds in your garden all year
Natural food supplies have declined over recent years. We can go some way to making it up to our wild birds by providing food for them, buy providing bird feeding tables. Your aim should be to supplement the birds’ natural food but, not to provide a complete diet.
Different birds will visit your garden to feed throughout the year, so keep your bird feeders stocked up all year round with different seeds depending on the season. In the spring, garden birds are hard at work finding insects for their growing babies, so supplementary feeding of seeds like nyjer (sometimes spelled niger) and sunflower hearts are a great help to them. Try not to leave out whole loose peanuts or other large chunks of food, as chicks can choke on them. Crush nuts or put them in a suitable feeder. If you are unsure, please contact Brent lodge for help and advice and we help be happy to help!
Please don’t forget that birds need a drink, they also like a bath too! A birdbath is a great help to birds, and a dish of fresh clean water, particularly in dry weather can be a lifesaver. A shallow dish ideally with sloping sides and no more than 2in deep is perfect. If there’s a frost, the birds may not be able to break through the ice.
Please refer to the wild bird feeding guide table image, below.
Protect garden birds from cats & dogs
We see hundreds of birds each year, small rodents, who have been caught and attacked by cats and dogs. These need to be treated for infections and wounds. Sadly, they sometimes die from their injuries or need to be euthanised if their injuries are too severe. Try not to let cats and dogs get to near your feeding birds. Position your bird feeders and bird nesting boxes away from walls and fences where cats can hide and easily get at the boxes. Also, as kind hearted as it may seem, please don’t place bird boxes close to the ground.
A simple easy and cheap step which helps massively is to place a collar on your cat which has a bell, this will serve to help to warn birds of their approach!
For some extra tips for caring for your local wildlife, please tap here.