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Hawthorn – Bird Friendly

Many native birds get food and shelter  and protection from a hawthorn hedging

Is hawthorn a tree, hedge or a bush?  Whatever it is – it is a natural British plant that gives –

  • shelter and safety – the prickly spikes on the branches mean that predators such as sparrowhawks can’t get inside the bush. Birds of prey cannot risk tearing their feathers on the sharp thorns of the hawthorn hedge

  • nesting sites

  • food for birds from the berries that grow on the bush

The other week I saw a sparrowhawk with a blackbird in it’s talons.  It had flown out of a laurel hedge. 

If it had been a hawthorn hedge the sparrowhawk would not have gone inside as they cannot risk tearing their feathers.  If a sparrowhawk damages its feathers it cannot hunt or feed.

As well as the laurel hedge we also have a lot of old hawthorn hedges / bushes / trees nearby that birds can shelter in.  This hawthorn hedge has been here for years.  Year after year the hawthorn gives nesting, shelter and food to a lot of birds.  The hawthorn is often full of birdsong.

Click here to read about the sparrowhawk in the garden

Below is a photograph that I took of a hawthorn bush which is growing near our garden.  It is part of the British countryside and hawthorn is a really bird friendly bush / hedge / tree!

If you plant one hawthorn plant  it will enhance your garden and help you make a part of your garden into a bird friendly garden corner


Hawthorn Hedge gives food and shelter to birds

Hawthorn Hedge gives food and shelter to birds


Plants for Birds

I’m putting together a  Bird Friendly Plant list.  Hoping you can help.

Deans Garden Centre in Scarborough have been helping me with planting dates.

Here are two that can be planted at any time of year – which means you can plant them now – tomorrow even! 


  • Seed for birds to feed on



  • Berries for birds to feed on and
  • A nesting site for our garden birds.

There will be a lot more information about Bird Friendly garden plants in the next few weeks.

Why not take a trip to the local garden centre?

Whatever you plant will last years and help our garden birds for years.

Bird Friendly Garden Corner

I’m putting together a Bird Friendly Plant list – with help from other people.

I’ve found some  plants that can be planted now if the ground is not frozen solid.  Here is some information about two of the plants.

A Blackberry or bramble bush
If you plant a bramble bush some of the bird that will eat the fruit are

  • Starlings,
  • bullfinches,
  • great tits and
  • blue tits. 

Some of the birds that will nest safely in the prickly branches are

  • Blackbirds
  • warblers
  • thrushes
  • long tailed tits
  • finches
  • dunnocks

FIRETHORN – evergreen shrub

If you plant a Firethorn shrub some of the birds that will eat the fruit are –

  • blackcap
  • waxwing

Some of the birds that will nest in the fire thorn are

  • blackbird
  • song thrush

Also, the flowers of the Firethorn attract insects, which in turn attract birds.

So this is the start of my Bird Friendly Plant list!

I’m sure a lot of us will be planting something in 2009.  Whatever we plant be it  flowers, grasses, bushes, trees, plants, shrubs we could buy those that can provide food or shelter for our garden birds.

Any offers of knowledge or help welcome