Took a moment during lockdown to watch the birds (with homemade binoculars!) and listen to the birdsong
Birds are nesting and garden hedges not only provide the perfect protection from predators, they also provide vital food sources.
In the UK, its an illegal offence to disturb a nesting site, so, from March through to the end of July, make sure you hold off on trimming back your garden foliage.
You can encourage all sorts of animals to your garden by creating log piles. From birds, beetles, frogs and even hedgehogs, you’ll create an animal haven.
If you have a trail camera, try popping it down next to your pile and see what visitors you have!
To make a bird bath that’s safe and accessible, it needs to have shallow, sloping sides, be as wide as possible, and have a maximum depth of 10cm. An old dustbin lid or large shallow plant saucer are good options.
Once you’ve found your bath, follow the easy steps below:
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Birds’ eyes are on the sides of their heads, which is extremely useful in spotting predators or potential mates. However, this makes it rather hard for them to focus on the scene directly in front of them. This, along with the reflective glass, makes it extremely easy for them to mistake windows for the sky.
By getting creative with materials you have around the house, you can make your own decorations to place on the windows, to break up any reflections.
Here’s just one idea for creating window stickers:
If you don’t have any glue, simply have the kids draw beautiful pictures on to a sheet of paper, cut them out and stick them to the window using tape!