Category Archives: Ways to Help Birds

Advice: To reduce attacks on doves keep them in an aviary instead of a dovecote


If anyone reading this keeps garden doves in a dovecote and is having problems with predators, I would recommend keeping them in an aviary instead.

This is how I reduced the attacks, although sadly have not eliminated them. The aviary has 2 flight holes that enable the birds to go in and out freely.

It is also possible to close the flight holes during times of increased attacks. The protective environment also allows the squabs to leave the nest and be fed on the ground safely by their parents, without risk from cats or other predators.



With help from a lot of people I’ve put together a DVD showing some of the birds that visit my garden and the area around it.

I have videod all the footage myself and enjoyed doing it.

I’ve decided to sell some copies – proceeds to go to (you’ve guessed it) buying bird food for our little feathered friends.

If anyone is interested in buying a copy leave a comment below and I will get back to you and I’ll keep you updated on the bird food I buy.

The price is £10 including postage.

I’ve called it Bird Life on the Wolds


Helping House Sparrows


The House Sparrow

Kathleen has been in touch with  very in depth and interesting details about she has helped house sparrows. 

Here is my personal experience of the of the decline followed by increase of house sparrows in my garden.

I first noticed the alarming absence of house sparrows about 8 years ago when listening to an old audiotape of my children playing in the garden in the 1970s. The most dominant sound, chrystal clear on the tape (you don’t find modestly priced tape recorders as good as that any more) was the constant chanting chirps and cheeps of sparrows. It sounded delightful yet I hardly noticed it at that time because it was something I’d heard all my life – it was part of life!

“Am I so busy I don’t notice it now?” Of course not, I was kidding myself. I went into the garden to check – silence. I was devastated, when did they go? why? what happened?

Sadly I hadn’t noticed until then because I was so delighted with the great variety of birds visiting my garden through years of constant feeding. Soon the media was talking about the decline in the sparrow population and it was all too real.

This was about 8 years ago, and the ivy I had planted against the front wall of my house had reached the top, my next-door neighbours had followed suit and then the next house.

We all put seed out and I have fatballs and peanuts outside my front window hanging from a cotoneaster which grows next to a pyracantha. Our gardens are bordered with hawthorn hedges, and we now have a large noisy community of HOUSE SPARROWS!

The ivy seems to be the solution, because the hedges and the regular feeding were always there. The ivy covering the 3 houses is their home, passers by are heard to comment “oh look at the little birds going in and out the ivy!”

We never have it trimmed at nesting time and are very careful all year round where we cut.

So from personal experience the problem seems to be loss of habitat, like woven fences taking the place of hedges and roofs being sealed up. As regards polution from traffic being a possibility, we live on a busy road with a bus route even though it is a rural village.
I hope my offering is of help to your survey.
Yours faithfully,   Kathleen Phillips


Thanks for that Kathleen.  It brings up a lot of points which I have found interesting and would like to go into in more detail tomorrow.

It’s really nice that other people care for birds and take time and do practical things to help them