how to encourage wild birds to your garden

How to Encourage Wild Birds to your Garden

encourage wild birds to your garden

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It’s autumn and perhaps you’re thinking about feeding the birds that frequent your garden?  Well, today I thought I’d share some ideas on how to encourage wild birds to your garden.

Earlier this year, when Moral Fibres was all shiny and new, I wrote a piece about how to feed wild birds in your garden.  There’s some handy hints in there about what to feed and what not to feed the birds that visit your garden.  I thought I’d add the link here in case it benefits any newer readers wanting to start feeding the birds in autumn and winter.  Consider this guide on how to encourage wild birds to your garden as an update to that post!

If you’ve already got bird feeders then it’s always worthwhile giving your bird feeders and water trays a good clean in warm soapy water, and rinsing and drying well before putting them back out with any food on them.  Keeping them clean helps minimise bird picking up bad bacteria or infections.

How to Encourage Wild Birds to Your Garden

how to feed the birds in winter

1.  This squirrel-proof fat ball feeder (£3.99) is handy for keeping the squirrels out of your bird feeders.  Grey squirrels aren’t native and have outcompeted our native red squirrels in most of the UK.  They also bully birds at bird feeders meaning our native birds can’t get to the feeders.  This does the job of allowing the birds access to the feeder but blocking access to the squirrels.  Fat balls often come in little net bags – it’s not ideal to hang the balls out in the net bags as birds can get their feet stuck in them.  Offering them in a feeder is a safer alternative.

2.  If you don’t have squirrels in your garden then this stylish seed feeder* (£8.99) is a nice change from all of the standard bird feeders around.

3.  This fat ball kit* (£3.95) is an easy and economical way to make your own fat balls using kitchen scraps.

4.  This peanut feeder* (£15.49) is not only an ideal way to feed peanuts to the birds, it’s also made from 100% recycled plastics.  Peanuts are a great high energy source of food at this time of year – but always make sure they’re always offered in a feeder or crushed into small pieces and placed on your bird table.  They can pose a choking hazard otherwise.

5. This squirrel proof bird feeder (£3.99) again helps keep squirrels from feasting on your bird seed.

6.  This autumn bird food collection (£9.99) from Birdco is a great and affordable way to get started feeding the birds and encouraging wild birds to your garden, providing you with everything you need to feed the birds over autumn.

how to help wild birds in winter

1.  This bird house from Sparrow & Finch (£35.00) is one of the most stylish bird houses out there (edit: no longer available).

2.  These roosting pockets* (£2.85 each) make good places for small birds to hide from predators or bad weather.

3.  A bird table (£39.99) is a great way to feed the birds, and this one would look lovely in any garden.

4.  A bird bath (£11.99) gives birds a place to have a little wash and have a drink.  Just make sure it’s not too deep.

5.  Hanging a wool pot (£11.50) in your garden is a great way to help birds feather their nest with cosy wool.

Once you start feeding the birds you’ll soon have an array of birds in your garden.  If you’re not sure how to identify them then I came across this handy bird identifier guide from the RSPB  I have to say the woodpecker is the most elusive – I’ve seen one once!

Do let me know how you get on encouraging wild birds to your garden, and let me know which birds you see!

Environmental Games for Teenagers

In the time I’ve been blogging here at Moral Fibres, I’ve not written a single post for teenagers.  The trouble is the sustainability and ethical sector doesn’t seem to embrace and encourage teenagers to take part in the same way as it does with children and adults.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to write for teenagers: today’s teenagers are the decision makers of tomorrow, so I’m making a point of searching for teen appropriate resources.

Today I came across the great free online game, Plan It Green, from National Geographic.

plan it green computer game

Plan It Green is much like the classic computer game Sims.  In Plan It Green you are in charge of planning and building your own unique energy-efficient city of the future.

As mayor you decide what buildings, factories and power plants to build, where you site your buildings, and whether you invest in carbon based solutions, or in greener alternatives.  You can even choose to invest in sustainability education in your city or town to improve the lives of your citizens.  Each decision comes with benefits or consequences for the environment.  The improvements you choose to make or not to make effect everything from the happiness of your citizens to your city’s air quality.

plan it green game

You can even connect with your friends cities and help them make their city more eco-friendly, and compete with other “mayors” for the most eco-friendly city.

It’s a fun and unique way for 11-15 year olds to engage in and learn about the environment, renewable energy systems and what it takes to build and manage a city of the future.  Hey, it’s even fun for adults…!

 

All images c/o National Geographic.