Give Your Garden Birds A Head Start

The Conservation Evidence Project, in its own words; “summarises evidence from scientific literature and the effects of conservation interventions, such as methods of habitat or species management.”

The results are based on “conservation interventions” and questions whether they have worked. Thanks to this scientifically proven evidence we are able to provide you a sure fire guide to encouraging your garden bird population.

For example, your garden feeders should be placed in a location close to a hedge or in dense cover, some birds are incredibly shy and flighty, and therefore will be encouraged to feed in an area that is not in full view. Another study found that your garden feeder should be placed as far away from your house as possible. You should also ensure that your feeders aren’t located too close together, as some species might find the presence of another species nearby intimidating.

A British study has found that all species of garden birds actually prefer cereals such as wheat, oats and maize to the traditional seed based feed, although finches appear to be the exception to this rule. If you have more than one feeder, it might be wise to experiment and place seeds in one, and a mix of cereals in another. Mixing your feed with a high calcium based feed such as crushed oyster shells will encourage your birds to be fitter, healthier with an increased chance of successful breeding.

Remember, your garden birds will need most help in winter, so don’t forget to keep your feeders well stocked during the winter months. They can also provide a handy stop off for birds migrating north from Europe and Africa.

Finally, the issue of predators – what to do when a neighbour’s cat invades your garden and frightens the birds away? Potentially, there is a high tech solution – ultrasonic cat deterrents that emit a high pitched noise, audible only to cats. Results have been mixed so far, so no need to break the banks just yet. If it is your cat, then may we recommend a collar with a bell attached – it is a cheaper solution, and it will provide an early warning system for your feathered friends.

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