Wildlife friendly gardens

Feed the Birds Day

October 23rd, 2009

This weekend the RSPB is celebrating its annual Feed the Birds Day to remind us of the things we can do to help birds and other garden wildlife through the winter. In addition to providing food they offer these top five tips to make your garden wildlife friendly:

  • Plant native plants such as hawthorn, ivy and honeysuckle that will provide berries in the winter for adult birds, and insects for young birds in spring
  • Make a log pile – it will be the ideal place for insects, fungi, mosses and lichens
  • Provide an insect home – insects will spend the winter in these
  • Install nesting boxes for birds such as house sparrows, winter hibernation places for hedgehogs, and roosting boxes for bats
  • Create a water feature such as a pond or bog garden – much wildlife relies on a regular supply of freshwater

Read more from the RSPB

See also Build a wildlife stack (RSPB pdf)