A wildlife-friendly garden is something that many people try to achieve, and there are many ways that you can accomplish this. You can plant a variety of plants, create a pond, and even make a compost heap. However, one of the most easy and straightforward ways is to buy a bird box or two.
The main problem that people have is deciding what type of bird they want to attract into their garden and what type of bird box they need to buy. There are some very basic bird boxes that can be purchased that will attract many common British birds, such as the blue tit, robin and sparrow. However, if you are trying to encourage a particular type of bird, you should understand their needs. Here are a few ideas…
Sparrows – Although the sparrow is a very common bird, many people don’t realize that they nest in groups. They don’t like to nest on their own and would prefer safety in numbers. This is why specialist sparrow boxes will have different compartments. If you already have some basic bird boxes that you have bought, then just place them next to each other instead.
Blackbirds – The blackbird has one of the most beautiful songs of all the bird kingdom. So, it’s no wonder that people want to attract them to their gardens. The blackbird boxes on the market are bigger than the regular ones and are open at the front. However, please be aware than many types of birds will find this kind of box attractive, so you might not be successful in attracting blackbirds.
Swallows – Swallows are quite different from most species of bird in that their nesting box isn’t really a box at all. Instead, it’s more of a cup that you attach under the inside eaves of a building, such as a garage or barn.
Another consideration for those wanting to buy bird boxes for their garden is where to locate them. This is very important because you don’t want cats or other animals getting in and attacking the birds. So, you should make sure to locate your bird boxes in an area that allows them to be enjoyed by the birds, rather than any other wildlife.
There are a number of ways to attract interesting wildlife to your yard, but buying a few bird boxes and situating them around your garden is a sure fire way to bring some colorful and melodic birds into your nest.