“Care for wild birds and they will reward you by visiting your garden regularly, bringing you and your family great joy with multiple health and wellness benefits.” Petworld
As pet lovers, we are well aware of the benefits of owning and caring for our pets. But did you know you can experience equally rewarding moments by looking after your wild, vibrant and noisy neighbours!
This year, why not brighten your garden with the beautiful colors and mesmerising sounds of your gardens song birds? Here we outline some key areas where you can help care for the wild birds in your garden.
If you wish to bring your garden alive with the presence of wild birds, food is an essential element. Although popular opinion suggests that birds will eat anything available to them, this is not the case. Birds have preferences and nutritional needs, just like us.
Foods with a high nutritional content are:
Peanuts – packed full of essential oils and high in energy – attract a wide variety of birds to a garden.
Wild Bird Seed – a mix containing sunflower seed will have the highest nutritional value.
Fat Balls – high energy and tasty bird food – keeps birds warm and healthy.
Remember: to attract a variety of birds to your garden you will need to meet a variety of bird needs. Birds such as Blackbirds, Thrushes and Robins (omnivores) eat fruit, insects and worms, while Finches, Tits or Sparrows (granivores) eat seeds and grains. Try switching the menu up every now and again!
- Create an area in your garden that your birds can call home! Use either a bird table, house and/or feeder.
- Clean bird houses regularly (twice a week) with a cloth and warm water – this helps to prevent illness.
Your garden can be a dangerous place for your feathered friends. Ensure your birds are kept safe by following these tips:
- Keep food sources out of reach of cats.
- Place feeders above the height which a cat can access (above 1.5m) and in open areas, so cats can’t perch nearby.
As you begin to care for the birds in your garden, they will reward you by visiting your garden regularly, bringing you and your family great joy with multiple health and wellness benefits. So get started today, and begin to make your garden a wild bird friendly area. Check out our range of wild bird products here and you too will begin to delight in all that wild birds have to offer!