The primary goal for birds is to have and protect their offspring, a cycle that can be repeated up to three times every spring. Now that we are entering the summer season, this is the time when birds are at their most vulnerable, and it is therefore a very difficult and dangerous season for them. There are, however, ways for you to help these birds from your own garden – we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways you can help nesting birds.
Firstly, they need water. Birds need water to cool down, keep their feathers clean and stay hydrated. A birdbath is a simple and effective way to ensure that the birds that come into your garden have a reliable source of water. Furthermore, the young birds who were born this summer and need access to drinking water will often return to the same source day after day, because it’s the only place they know. If you keep a bird bath clean and full of water, the chances are high that you’ll have a consistent flow of birds in your garden throughout the season.
Secondly, a strategically placed birdhouse or nesting box can help birds find safe shelter. Birds often compete for safe nesting spaces, and whether or not they nest somewhere safe could be the life or death of their offspring. If you add a birdhouse to your garden it will offer a safe space, away from traffic and other dangers for birds trying to nest in a town or city.
Next, birdfeed is an obvious but often overlooked way of helping nesting birds. Constructing a nest and then raising rowdy children would really take it out of you, meaning that birds would definitely be grateful for some well needed energy from birdfeed, and would keep them coming back. We, provide a wide range of excellent feed, to suit all types of birds, so feel free to pop in to see what we have in store.
Another problem bird’s face is that they are extremely vulnerable to pets, so you can help them by creating safe zones for them to nest safely away from cats and dogs. Perhaps this involves asking your neighbour to keep their cat inside during nesting period, or perhaps sectioning off a section of your garden so your dog can’t get into it. Perhaps all you need to do is give your garden a quick check for birds before letting your dog out. Furthermore, nesting birds are vulnerable to things that we do, such as mowing the lawn – the loud noises from the machines could scare the birds into premature fledging. Furthermore, try not to use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn, and try not to trim the hedges and trees as these are places that birds will nest and raise their young. Furthermore, birds often use mud as an essential building material for their nests, so if you can resist cleaning a muddle puddle it is likely to come in very helpful for them.
Lastly, give them space. If you find a nest in your garden, do not linger around or keep returning to get a better look. This is because you will leave a scent trail which predators such as raccoons or opossums will follow to see if it leads to a meal. Therefore, if you keep going to and from the nest, you’re likely to lead predators directly to it.
If you do these 5 things, you’ll have a constant flow of birds coming to and from your water and food supply, and maybe even a few nests either in your birdhouses or in the trees around you.