How to attract birds to your garden

Birds are some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth, and many people enjoy having them around their homes.

However, birds can be difficult to attract, as they have specific needs that must be met in order to make them feel comfortable.

Biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate, and our gardens are more essential than ever for birds.

The birds that you most want to attract are specific to your area, but there are birds that will travel long distances in search of their favourite foods.

In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to attract birds into your garden. We will also provide some recommendations on bird food, bird feeders and bird baths.

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Set up some bird feeders or bird tables

There are a few things you need to consider before setting up your bird feeder or tables. The first thing you need to do is find a spot in your garden that gets plenty of sunlight. Make sure that the spot is sheltered from the wind and away from branches or bushes which can help cats or squirrels ruin your hard work. Squirrel Proof Feeders

Once you have found a good spot, set up your bird feeder. It’s not enough to just put a random feeder somewhere in your garden and expect birds to arrive – you need to make sure they know where the food is. You can do this by leaving out seed or scraps as bait, and placing the feeder nearby. If birds see other birds eating from your feeder, they will be more likely to come around themselves.

It’s critical for feeding birds in the winter, as it helps them preserve energy and get through chilly nights. Food shortages can occur at any moment, so maintain feeders full all year. To attract a variety of species, offer a variety of bird foods.

Bird feeders

There are many different types of birds, and each one prefers a different type of food. Once you know what types of birds you want to attract, you can buy bird feeders that are designed to attract those specific birds.

Some of the best types of foods to put in bird feeders or on tables include:

  • sunflower seeds (sunflower hearts)
  • thistle seeds
  • mixed bird seed
  • peanuts
  • breadcrumbs
  • natural food such as fruit; apples and bananas
  • mealworms and waxworms

Good quality bird food

Top Tip: Make your own bird food fat cakes.

All your need is lard, cheese and a selection of oil-rich seeds. Combine ingredients in a saucepan and melt. Poor into yoghurt pots which you can hang or turn out and place within your feeder or on your bird table.

Don’t let bird food go bad. If your bird species take a long time to come down, simply put out little amounts of fresh food one at a time and keep the rest in airtight containers. When it gets cold, you can increase the amount supplied by feeding rates.

Bird Seed

Provide fresh water

Birds need fresh water in order to drink and bathe. You can provide fresh water for birds by adding bird baths to your garden.

Bathing has a dual function in the cold: it makes feather preening easier, keeping them waterproof and insulating.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your garden, you can buy a small birdbath that can be placed on a tabletop or windowsill. If you have more space, you can buy a larger birdbath that can be placed on the ground.

Make sure to keep the birdbath clean and filled with fresh water at all times. You can also add some rocks or other objects so that our feathered friends have a place to perch while they drink.

Remember to check for any icy patches and thaw it out if necessary with a little hot water from a kettle in the winter.

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Provide birds with somewhere to nest

Some common birds, such as robins, love to build their nests in bushes or trees, but other birds, such as sparrows, swallows, housemartins, wrens and blue tits, prefer to nest in a box

You can provide birds with a place to nest by adding a birdhouse to your garden. There are many different types of birdhouses available, so you can choose one that is designed to attract the birds you want to attract

Make sure to keep the birdhouse clean and filled with fresh nesting material at all times. You can also add some branches or other objects so that birds have a place to perch while they build their nests.

Bird Box

When to put up nesting boxes?

You can install a Nest Box at any time of the year, but it’s usually done in the autumn or early winter. However, many individuals will put them up around February and March, when many nesting pairs may begin prospecting for a nesting location.

Some species of birds, such as the Blue Tit and Great Tit, spend much more than a month scouting potential nesting sites, so don’t be discouraged if you see them around the Nest Box but not for long. Although nest boxes may not be utilized in the first season they are put up, it is best to leave them in place because they might be used again in the following season. It’s worth moving a Nest Box if it hasn’t been utilized after two seasons.

Where to place your Nest Box

The correct location for your nesting box can be the difference between a beautiful piece of nesting accommodation or an undesirable one. Here are some tips:

  • Select a location that is somewhat protected from the wind, rain, or direct sunshine.
  • Ideally, Nest Boxes should be placed North-Easterly
  • Place your Nest Box on a shelf at least 1.5 meters above the ground and away from feeding stations or other boxes
  • Attach the nesting box to a tree, the side of a shed or wall.
  • Ensure that it is not easily accessible to predators, including pets

Bird Box Hygiene

Nesting season in the United Kingdom has finished by the end of autumn, thus Nest Boxes should be removed around then.

When cleaning, it is important to remove the old nest and clean the box with a disinfectant. You can also add new nesting material to the box. It is important to keep the bird box clean and filled with fresh nesting material at all times so that birds have a place to nest.

Plant some bird-friendly plants

There are many different types of plants that encourage birds, so you can choose the ones that best suit your garden. Here are some of the best bird-friendly plants to grow in the UK:

  • Holly: This evergreen tree is a favourite of birds such as blackbirds, thrushes, and robins. The berries on the holly tree are a food source for birds in the winter.
  • Ivy: Ivy is a great plant for attracting birds because it provides them with both food and shelter. Birds such as wrens, sparrows, and blackbirds love to feed on the ivy berries, and the ivy leaves provide shelter from bad weather.
  • Sunflowers: Sunflowers are a great choice because birds such as chaffinches and greenfinches love to feed on their seeds.
  • Hollyhocks: These flowering plants are a favourite of birds such as thrushes, robins, and wrens.Yarrow: Yarrow is a plant with fern-like leaves that birds love to land upon.
  • Dogwood: Dogwoods provide birds with food and shelter, as the berries they produce are eaten by birds such as thrushes, blackbirds, and wood pigeons. The thick branches provide birds with shelter from bad weather.
  • Flowering currant: Birds like jays and goldfinches eat the red or pink flowers on this flowering shrub. You can also feed birds on your bird table using these flowers!
  • Strawberry tree: This flowering shrub provides birds like greenfinches and chaffinches with food (the berries) and cover (the thick branches ).
  • All Trees provide birds with shelter from bad weather, so birds come back to these areas time after time because it feels like home.


If you are looking to attract birds into your garden a good quality bird food and a bird feeder and a bird bath are good places to start. We hope this article has been useful!

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