Written by Catherine Clulow
What’s better than waking up to the chirping, chittering and song of birds in the garden? And not only waking up to those melodies but having regular visitors, enjoying your garden with you, helping with pests, pollinating, offering fascination, beauty and diversity…. Birds are a joy and today this blog shares some tips to bring the birds singing into your garden
Meet birds’ 3 easy-to-cater-for basic needs and they will come
Plant trees and shrubs that offer fruits and berries, seeds or nectar that our flying friends love. And/or incorporate plants in your garden that encourage and attract insects that birds in your area feed on.
Provide a birdbath, pond or water feature and you could double the number of visiting birds. Ensure that there are ample perching options for the birds to enjoy these wet wonders.
Create spaces where birds can hide from predators, take refuge in bad weather, and build their nests. Trees, shrubs and tall grasses, as well as piled up logs, hollow tree trunks and made-to-order bird houses all provide excellent shelter.
Who might you meet…
Orange-breasted sunbirds are attracted by brightly coloured tubular flowers, like ericas, aloes, leonotis etc.
Plants like the sweet pea bush (Podalyria calyptrata) attract insects, which will attract birds like the Cape Batis.
The Cape White-eye feeds on many garden pests like aphids and scale insects, as well as fruit and nectar.
May you soon be whistling and singing along with your flighted friends. Happy gardening! Share with us in the comments below which birds you’ve had the pleasure of hosting in your garden.