Many species of birds come into gardens in winter to feed, but in some gardens they cannot stay and nest because there isn’t anywhere suitable for them to nest.
A good idea is to put up nest boxes. Modern houses are built without any of the nooks and crannies under the eaves in which birds nest.
Bird boxes come in all shapes and sizes to suit all shapes and sizes of birds.
The ‘ front door’ opening of nest boxes vary to attract different types of birds.
Sparrows like a front door of about 32mm across
Blue tits like a front door of about 25mm across
When the whole upper half of the front of the nest box is open it can sttract robins and wrens.
It doesn’t matter if you are just casually interested in birds, putting up a nest box is a good idea. The sight and sound of young birds in your garden will always lift your spirits.
Last summer I watched two small fledgling sparrows sitting on a fence together. I made me realise that our actions can help birds!
The gardens in this country have an area much bigger than all our nature reserves put together so the ability for us to use our gardens as nesting sites for birds is enormous so go out and buy a nest box and help the next generation of our British Garden Birds.
Why not take a look at the nest boxes that Garden Bird Supplies have
There is always birdsong in my garden at this time of day , but see how silent the garden is in the snow. I was told a long time ago that you will never hear birds singing when it is snowing as birds only sing when they are happy. Snow and freezing cold weather can be lethal to our garden birds and they perch in silence waiting for the storm to stop. This why snow and silence go together.
In a few hours the snow covered everything – birds food, food on bird tables, their water and often their shelter. A lot of birds roost in the hedge, but the snow was blowing inside the hedge as well – there was no escape from the snow.