Watching the birds in your garden raise their young can bring great joy and really signals the start of spring! But how do you make your garden a welcome retreat for birds? Read on for bird breeding season advice.
There are lots of things you can do to make your garden welcoming to breeding birds. Activities can include putting up a nest box, making sure that there are materials for them to build a nest with, and supplying a plentiful amount of food.
Here are our top tips for attracting breeding birds to your garden and keeping them safe throughout the season:
- Position a nest box in a tree or on a post in the autumn, well away from any predators
- Don’t cut hedges, shrubs or trees between March and June – this is when nests will be most vulnerable
- Provide plenty of nest-making materials from February onwards; these can include leaves, moss, hair, pet fur and small twigs and sticks
- Feed birds on a daily basis with food that’s suitable for nesting and young birds. Our Peckish Nesting and Young Bird Seed Mix is perfect as it contains Calvita, a vitamin and mineral supplement high in Calcium to encourage strong eggshells, bones and beaks.
- Resist the urge to take a peek at the eggs; watch from a distance to keep birds relaxed, happy and healthy