Tips on how to carry birds again to your backyard? 6 key suggestions


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From year to year, birds are becoming increasingly rare in certain gardens. No more sweet songs that once punctuated our days and the happiness of discovering a pretty nest that harbors a few chicks. And unfortunately, feeding them well in the winter isn’t always enough to keep them coming back to chirp when the warm weather returns. If their absence upsets you, however, you can attract birds to your garden and bring them back to your garden with a few very simple tips. All you have to do is offer them food and shelter while creating a small, well-thought-out ecosystem in your garden to preserve them.

Food, shelter, welcoming plants… With these developments, biodiversity will once again invite itself into your green spaces to bring them back to life.

1) Plant the right plants in the garden to attract birds

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Certain trees and shrubs are particularly popular with birds in the garden. This is particularly the case of elderberry whose bark is home to spiders and insects whose nuthatches and tits feed with delight. As for its juicy black berries, they especially appeal to the blackbird, the warbler as well as the delicate nightingale. Hawthorn, aucuba, barberry, burning bush, ornamental apple tree (very popular with blackbirds, thrushes or the elegant robin), blackthorn, pyracantha, wild brambles, mountain ash… At this shrub, you can pair these other berry shrubs to invite variety into your garden and to give strength and energy to passing migratory birds.

More surprisingly, you can also bet on ivy, a real haven for aphids, mites, spiders and small insects devoured by the wren or the torchepot wren. Climbing ivy provides a secure hiding place for doves and sparrows. Finally, some roses are also highly recommended. Rough roses, burnets, wild roses… you can go for it with your eyes closed.

2) Plenty of food for all the chicks

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In addition to shrubs rich in fruits and berries, you can of course also feed the birds directly with stationary feeders. Simply place them high up in an open space protected from rodents and cats. And if possible, be sure to keep the foot free for freeloaders who like to eat on the ground like the finch. In addition, you will have to clean their ‘plate’ from time to time to limit the risk of transmission of salmonellosis.

Seeds, insects, fruits… The more you offer varied food sources, the more the different species of birds will find the places hospitable. Some good additions include:
-Almonds or hazelnuts for tits, woodpeckers and nuthatches
– Crushed peanuts ideal for chickadees, sparrows, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and siskins
-Wheat and barley seeds to please all seed-eating birds
-Black sunflower seeds for goldfinches, grosbeaks, chickadees, woodpeckers and nuthatches
-Wheat and barley for birds that peck on the ground such as sparrows, sparrows, pigeons, finches and doves
-And finally corn to attract sparrows, juncos, sparrows, finches and tohis.

3) Go light on pesticides

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Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides… Chemical phytosanitary products are very bad for the planet. Without allowing diseases and insect pests to proliferate, a happy medium can be found by opting for adapted natural solutions who are not going to kill everything in their path! Remember that birds, important auxiliaries in our green spaces, consume these insects that we strive to hunt and kill. In the end, a garden without insects Situs Slot Gacor Hari Ini is therefore no longer welcoming for them (nor healthy, because everyone plays a role in this ecosystem!). So go natural, especially forgetting the chemical slug repellent that destroys the food of blackbirds and song thrushes.

Also, let flowerets and mulched beds flourish in your little open-air paradise and add compost if you can. It will be soon rich in worms and insects to feed the chicks and will naturally enrich the garden.

4) Install a water point in the garden for birds

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The water points allow them to hydrate and get a bit of a wash if necessary. Drinking trough, fountain, small pond… this little addition is sure to bring the birds back to your little garden!

5) Beware of bird predators prowling the garden

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Birds are vulnerable to frequent attacks from various predators (cats, dogs, etc.). Must therefore provide high shelter to protect them from it, for example against a wall, on a tree or in a high bush. If you decide to install nesting boxes, feeders and drinkers, this will guarantee their peace of mind. Otherwise, you can also leave twigs, branches or even mud within reach to allow them to set up their own shelter under a gutter for example. They will be sure to return over the years.

6) Careful pruning

Last important point: the size! Although this gesture is essential in gardening, the gardener must always take care not to disturb the nesting. Thus, pruning is to be carried out mainly before the end of March without forgetting to check beforehand to identify any nests already occupied. Always for the maintenance of the garden, also avoid mowing your lawn too close.


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