Bird Watching (UK)
Gardens for birds
Geoff Roberts, who lives with his wife Cath in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall, wrote to tell us about their garden, the birds they have attracted to it, and some of the work they’ve done to help wildlife
Top tips for attracting birds to your outside space
I’ve been putting out bird food and water for years, and over those years we have attracted many different birds. Sadly, some no longer visit for one reason or another, but I always hope for them to return at some point, and invariably some do, eg Brambling this year, after a number of years of not being here.
This year we have planted two walnut fruiting trees, 60 female and male holly bushes for hedging, 125 Hornbeam for hedging and ornamental use, and five apple trees.
We have a large pond in which there is a healthy population of Smooth Newts, and we have recently replaced lilies along with other pond-loving plants. We had some frog spawn but I think it has failed due to heavy frosts after it was laid. We also have a number of wood piles, wild areas with wild flowers, and many flower beds with insect-attracting plants.
I write a bird report for the local rag, also report my bird visitors to the garden over a week to the BTO, and
I have signed up this year for #My200BirdYear. I also have four nestboxes, mostly made by me.
Being recently retired, I now have more opportunity to sit and watch. As well as the birds we have had Wood Mouse, Brown Rat, Rabbits, Grey Squirrel, Roe Deer and many bees and butterflies, so you can see our garden is quite healthy and attractive for wildlife.