Many of us love birds. These amazing creatures make beautiful sounds in the morning and they help to support the whole ecosystem of your garden. Plus, they look great too. But how do you attract birds to your property? And what are the risks? Take a look at the following dos and don’ts.
Do Create A Bird Feeding Station
Like all other creatures, what attracts birds most is a steady supply of food. They need the right ingredients to support their survival. If possible go with more than one type of bird feeder in your garden. This will help you attract a wider range of species. For instance, put suet balls in one, sunflower seeds in another, and peanuts in another. Furthermore, try to vary the style of your bird feeders. Different shapes create visual interest that will encourage a wider variety of species to visit you.
Don’t Tempt Them With The Wrong Treats
While throwing white bread into the garden is a common practice, it’s not good for birds, just like it’s not good for people. It’s not a natural food and so you should avoid it, even if you want to attract birds to your garden. If you do use it, you’re much more likely to attract scavenger species, such as gulls and ravens.
Do Protect Your Home From Damage
While birds are a wonderful addition to your property, their nesting habits can sometimes be problematic. For instance, pigeons may set up shop under your rafters or solar panels.
Thus, before you consider ways to attract birds such as pigeons to your property, make sure that you secure your roof. Pigeon proofing solar panels can stop them from damaging sensitive equipment and wires.
Don’t Forget The Bird Bath
Birdbaths are one of the best ways to attract birds of many species to your garden. If they know that there’s a nearby source of water they can use to spread oil across the surface of their feathers, they will use it.
Do Add Bright Colors
Here’s a trick you might not have heard about: did you know that you can attract birds to your garden with bright colors? Well, it turns out that birds are among the few species of animal that can see in full color. And this means that they are particularly sensitive to bright objects in their environment.
Adding bright colors to your garden is easy. You can either do it naturally with flowering shrubs and trees. Or you can do it artificially, with thick rubber ribbon, tied around trees.
Don’t Forget The Bird House
Lastly, if you really want to attract more birds to your garden, it’s a good idea to provide them with the shelter they can use immediately (instead of having to build it themselves). Birdhouses are particularly good for attracting smaller birds, such as tits and wrens. These tiny birds can quickly flutter in and out of birdhouses, and use them to raise their young. Birdhouses are also great for protecting birds from predators.