We think of autumn as the closing in of nights and the season of storms, but many days and nights are still full of warmth, and there is a boundless bounty of berries, seeds and insects. Don’t worry if your garden feels empty of birds – they’ll be back in spring.
Most in need of help With your garden residents enjoying the season’s riches, think about the migrant birds passing through the garden – they also like berries, insects and windfalls.
Your feeding regime Increase the feeding rate slowly; it may take until late November or December before your feeders are thronging again.
Seasonal checklist Leave seedheads standing in borders, because they can hold essential supplies of seeds and insects into the winter months. When you rake up leaves, spread them under bushes where thrushes can pick through them. If your bushes are laden with berries, delay pruning until the berries have been snaffled up.
Waxwings enjoy autumn berries, so delay pruning gardenersworld.com
Put raked leaves under bushes for thrushes to pick through