Attracting birds to your garden is easy by supplementing naturally available food with bird foods, and watch them flock in!
Remember to keep feeders and tables clean to help the birds stay healthy and disease-free. Making sure food is available at all times as food shortages can occur in both winter and summer, and birds have different needs throughout the year; such as feeding their young. Positioning the feeding stations in relatively open areas away from predators. Feeders near shrubs make it easier for cats to pounce; making them feel safer will encourage them to visit more! If your garden plants have fruit, berries, hips, seeds and nuts they will be a larder for birds, particularly in late summer and autumn. Holly, Hawthorn, Ivy, Rowan, Honeysuckle and Dogwood all provide tasty treats or attract tasty insects. But only put out what gets eaten as this way you won’t attract unwanted guest into your garden.
Also water is just as important as food to garden birds, and not just for drinking but bathing as well. So put out a bird bath along with your feeders, and always ensure the water is kept clean.
There are five main types of bird food: