All about birds
Lockdown has changed many people’s views on what nature really is. Many of us have used it as a safe place, somewhere to explore and a new world of freedom. Over the past year I have definitely learnt a lot more about nature and how I can help it to thrive in my garden. I have spent more time watching and identifying the local birds and taking my new found passion into different environments. It is easy to bring nature into your garden, or even your local green space.
I have always had bird feeders around the garden but never really gave any attention to what was actually using them. So this year I decided to supply a range of different food for the birds. By giving them different things to eat, it enables you to draw as many species into your garden as possible. I started off with mixed seed and fat balls to have a general idea of what was already in the garden. Then, I added sunflower seeds, mealworms and niger seeds. I added these as I knew what birds were local to me and I wanted to try and attract them into my garden. To start off why don’t you have a walk around and see what birds are nearby? This will help you to choose what food would be best to put out. For example, if you know that there are robins, blue tits and blackbirds nearby why not put out some mealworms? Birds are generally not too fussy and will eat a lot of different things from different places, so if you don’t have a garden why not get a window feeder or ask if you can set up a bird feeding station at your local green space?
As well as bird feeders I have also got bird boxes and last year I was lucky enough to have baby blue tits, pigeons, blackbirds and house sparrows. If the birds are happy feeding from your garden or green space then why not put up some bird boxes to encourage them to nest? If you are wanting the birds to nest in your garden then all you have to do is put bird boxes in the trees. Most birds tend to nest around spring (March at the earliest) and finish with the boxes in the winter, when some of them will migrate.
I haven’t just bought my bird boxes, I have also made some out of old pallets. Most birds that use boxes like them away from the others so that they can protect their chicks but house sparrows however, like their boxes next to one another as they live in a community. With this in mind I made a long bird box and sectioned it for them a bit like a terraced house.
I love to find new species but identifying them can sometimes be tricky. I normally use my ‘RSPB Guide To British Birds’ or the Little Robin Education cards as I find these the easiest way to find out about them and where they usually live.
Nature is good for everyone and finding a bird nesting in your space is just magical or watching the baby birds grow up is just an experience of a life time and anyone can have this experience.
If you want to know more about nature follow my account @Wild_Young_Eco Isabelle, age 14