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mel Posted 5 months ago
How do I attract birds to the garden?

We’ve just moved house but sadly there are no birds in the garden, whereas our last garden was teeming with them! We’ve put out several bird feeders and a bird bath but to no avail. Have spotted a couple of magpies around which could be the cause, but does anyone have any ideas how to get the birdlife back? Thanks in advance.

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    • ChrisPhotographer 16th August 2021 at 9:19 am

      Trees, flowers, will bring the insect life back, then the birds should follow. Check to see if there is a a large Cat population?

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      • mel 16th August 2021 at 9:32 am

        Thanks very much Chris. Haven’t spotted any cats so far but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any around. We have a few trees but the rest of the garden is just lawn at the moment, so we definitely need to plant some flowers.

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        • ChrisPhotographer 16th August 2021 at 8:49 pm

          I forgot to add, maybe a ‘ Water feature like a small pond ‘, may help too! You can buy wild meadow seed packs fairly cheap, sow them around the edges of your lawn or borders.. 😉

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    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 16th August 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Vodka and snacks…… Oh , you mean the feathered variety…… You could buy specialist bird food for particular bird varieties , seed for Robins and small birds, nuts for wood pigeons and the Squirrels , sunflower seeds , even some suet based items , go for the good quality seed with plenty of corn in as these have less rubbish like fillers and powder in them, why not try a couple of little plastic birds dotted around , you can get these at the garden centre , this might attract them , worth a try Magpies although greedy, don’t tend to deter other birdlife. When I lived in Cornwall I had so mant little birds, from Coal tits, starlings, chaffinches ect but here in the west mids rarely get the small birds and finches……. Good luck .

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    • mel 17th August 2021 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Stevie! Good to know it’s not the magpies putting them off. Will definitely try some different varieties of food and the little plastic birds – doesn’t feel right looking into the garden and not seeing any birds except the magpies. Thanks again for your tips – will let you know how I get on!

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    • Bubbly 17th August 2021 at 8:27 am

      We live in the green centre of town and have a variety of birds who visit .
      From jackdaws magpies and crows plus the ever hungry pigeons and flicks of starlings but also smaller birds .
      We have a small garden and have a water feature which is popular ( has to be cleaned daily ) I’d suggest a supply of water to bathe in which is fun to watch .
      Last year we had an abundance of small birds – most notably house sparrows ( under the eaves) and blue tits who nested in our garden ( make sure a nest box isn’t on a south facing wall ( Woodcrete is the best )
      This year due to there being no caterpillars- no small birds as no food for the chicks . Last year we found a bald baby sparrow nestling which we raised and had the pleasure of seeing her join the wild flock . I’d give it time – we have been here four years and it’s taken time for climbers and shrubs to grow which the small birds love . Shelter from birds of prey as we have red kites and sparrow hawks over the open moorland opposite the house . So put up a nestbox now- invest in some mealworms And plant some climbers and I bet this time next year you will see a difference .

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      • mel 17th August 2021 at 10:12 am

        What a fabulous picture! I love robins and am really missing seeing them around. Definitely think having some climbers and shrubs will help – planning a visit to the garden centre this weekend and will pick up a nesting box or two while I’m there. Thanks so much for the advice.

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    • Sandee12 17th August 2021 at 11:31 am

      Plants, flowers, especially wild flowers, if you can leave the grass to grow a little longer.

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    • Sandee12 17th August 2021 at 11:32 am

      even digging over a patch of soil in the garden to reveal any worms. You may have to wake up very early to see the birds.

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    • Guy 17th August 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Magpies raid nests for eggs and fledgelings, cats hunt birds so any of the above birds stay away. I have the same problem.

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    • Frankiegroom 17th August 2021 at 2:11 pm

      I have two cats but I still get lots of birds in my garden, the cats are scared of the magpies as they scream at them and dive bomb them, I feed all the birds suet pellets and they all love them they are not interested in seed food, I also have the squirrels visit my garden, good luck I hope you have lot’s of feathered friends soon

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    • Just joy 22nd August 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Plant bushes and trees if possible but it usually takes a few weeks before the start to come

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    • Tickledpink 23rd August 2021 at 8:42 pm

      I feed my hedgehogs with bought hedgehog food biscuits and the birds love the same food so win win for me 🙂

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    • Chris Frederick MHFA 24th August 2021 at 6:23 am

      I usually find a nice bottle of wine and some cool music usually does the trick (unless things have changed since I did that sort of thing) 😂

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    • Chak21 26th August 2021 at 8:15 pm

      Add a Beech hedge ..about 4-5ft trimmed when grown. its somewhere for birds to shelter from predators and nest in some cases . fir tree for tree creepers etc , and bird feeders near living room or kitchen window.

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    • Paulo 26th August 2021 at 9:34 pm

      I’ve had the greatest success by putting out mealworms everyday. All the birds love them, especially blackbirds so my garden is teaming with bird life now. I can’t remember when I last saw a slug or a snail.

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    • gwen_behling 27th August 2021 at 7:40 am

      You’ve got all the right stuff. But do they have cover close by as in trees n bushes to keep out the way of magpies etc. The smaller birds need somewhere to dart to if they don’t feel safe .hope that’s helpful

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    • Anne46 27th August 2021 at 10:42 am

      You can have some of ours. Mostly sparrows, we’ve got lots living in our privet hedge. We get bluetits, robin occasionally, collared doves, wood pigeons, blackbirds and starlings. I used to just have one bird feeder at the front and one at the back but since my son bought one with hooks for several feeders (seed, fat balls, peanuts and water) numbers have swelled. I’m forever buying bird food. I try not to buy seed with lots of wheat in, they don’t seem to like that. I buy suet pellets, Niger seed, mealworms and sunflower hearts to add to the seed mix (even though there are usually a few mealworrms and sunflower hearts already in).

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    • Deleted User 27th August 2021 at 10:45 am

      Does your garden have a hedge? Small birds need safe cover before they explore your garden.

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      • Anne46 27th August 2021 at 10:52 am

        I hadn’t realised that but we have lots of sparrows who have made their home in our privet hedge. It’s quite funny sometimes to see them just poking their heads out.

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    • Denny essex 10th September 2021 at 11:00 am

      Throw a party😂

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