We took part in the ‘big garden bird watch’ today, it’s a survey of birds across the country coordinated by the R.S.P.B. ( Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). With this information they can see what birds may be declining in numbers and which ones are doing well.
A garden that has a variety of birds as regular visitors is more likely healthy plants in it.
That’s because many birds love to eat pests such as:
- leatherjackets – these are the the larval stage of crane-fly or daddy longlegs. They’re not welcome in the garden because badgers can sometimes cause havoc with a lawn when they dig it up, searching for the pesky little creatures.
- chafer grubs – the larvae of chafer beetles feed on plant roots.
You can encourage birds into your garden by providing:
- propriety bird food such as nuts and seeds and plants that provide seeds, like teasels and berrying plants
- water to drink and bathe in
- cover and nesting sites such as hedges and dense shrubs
Just in case you’re interested, we counted:
1 blackbird, 2 great tits, 8 blue tits, 1 long tailed tit, 1 goldfinch ( very excited about seeing this lovely little bird), 2 robins, 1 wood pigeon and 1 nuthatch.
images: Jill Anderson