Creating a haven for all
Before we first adopted our garden back on that cold December day, we knew we wanted to create an environment that would attract wildlife.
Perhaps it was the idyllic scenes of Kent country life played out on the screens of our one-bedroom flat of the 'Darling Buds of May' in the early '90s. Perhaps it was a view of the natural world presented by Sir David Attenborough; whatever it was, we were not opting for the 'low maintenance, top dressed, designs that seemed to be in vogue.
Now, if only we knew what the garden looked like! We viewed the house over a couple of evenings in late October, so we never really saw the garden. If you want to know more of that story, check out Janis's 'The tales of a bumbling gardener.'
Attracting wildlife to your gardenWhat should you expect?
To be honest, there is no magic to it - to paraphrase the voice in a Field of Dreams - "Build it, and they will come". I know; build what?
Well, I guess it's a visit to the local garden centre or even a DIY store to pick up your bird feeders. You will be amazed at the choice; mixed seed feeders, nut feeders, suet mix, sunflower (husk on or off), niger seeds, the list seems to go on, and on each one, pictures of the birds you may attract. Then there are bird tables, the feeding stations and obelisks. Another option would be to check out the offerings from Amazon - be warned, the choices from either method can be overwhelming.
Over the years, we have tried most. The niger seeds have failed miserably; the birds in our garden have given them a big thumbs down. We have even added it with the mixed seeds, and when you check the bird table, it is the only seed left.
My advice is to start with a single mixed nut feeder and see what you attract. A bird table is great if you are looking at giving away leftovers, but please check the RSPB site on 'Household scraps for birds'.
Planting for wildlife in your gardenCreating the right environment
Is all wildlife welcome in your garden?Is it friend or foe?
Creating a balance in your gardenHow close do you really want to get?
So plant carefully. We have a couple of lavender plants on the Courtyard Patio. We have placed them close to our newly constructed herb garden.
Obviously, you want your area to be bright, just consider the impact that will have on bringing insects to you.
And finally, you are feeding the birds, well that has to go somewhere. There will be waste, and the birds will not be as grateful as you think (and don't believe the old wives tale, it is not lucky). Perhaps avoid putting bird stations near your cars, or too close to furniture that does not wipe clean. Just saying
I hope that's given you some food for thought on attracting wildlife to your own garden.
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