Birdwatching is a fascinating hobby – and our feathered friends are useful allies in the garden, gobbling up pests like aphids, slugs and snails.
But what do you do if you don't have many birds visiting your garden? The best way to encourage more garden birds is to provide them with the things they need to survive. Many wild birds are in decline – and they can really struggle during a harsh winter, so food, water and shelter are key. Even if you only have a tiny garden, offering these essentials will make a world of difference.
We've put together four simple actions that should help to attract a variety of bird species – try all four for best results!
1. Offer a variety of food
It's essential for birds to feed well during the day, every day, as a bird can lose up to 10 per cent of its body weight during just one cold night.
There are many suitable foods you can offer, and different types of food will attract different species. Finches enjoy sunflower and nyjer seeds, robins like mealworms, and blackbirds and thrushes love to peck at apples and pears.
If you put out a selection of feeders offering peanuts, mixed birdseed, sunflower seeds and nyjer seeds, you should soon have all sorts of birds flocking to your garden. The bigger the choice, the more birdlife you're likely to see!