Could it be that spring has finally sprung? It certainly feels like it, with the sun rearing its head and the temperature at last heading in the right direction.
Now’s the time to really enjoy your garden, whether that’s getting everything straight before the BBQ season begins, or putting your green fingers to good use nurturing your plants.
But whatever your garden plans, be sure to do all you can to make your little corner of the world a happier habitat for our garden birds. This is something that we at Anglian are really passionate about, and we can all play our part in supporting the resident wildlife.
Image sourced from Julia Smith in Sussex.
There are a few plants and shrubs that you can guarantee will encourage wildlife. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) recommend brambles (blackberries) which Blackbirds, starlings, robins and more like to eat and nest in. The hawthorn is also recommended as a valuable shrub for nesting and roosting, and honeysuckle berries are a popular snack with Bullfinches, warblers and thrushes.
Every year the RSPB run the Big Garden Birdwatch, where people across Britain spend an hour on the same weekend looking out of their windows and spotting garden birds.
This year’s results show that things are not good. Our birds are in decline and there are now 52 species highlighted as being most at risk.
Our birds need your help
This has inspired us to raise awareness of the issues and show how we can help our feathered friends flourish by the time the survey is next conducted in 2014. So we’ve created a Birdwatching infographic.
Packed full of useful data, the infographic charts the long-term decline since the 1970s and highlights the things you can do to help around your gardens.
Birdwatching is an enjoyable and relaxing pastime, and by feeding and offering shelter to birds you can enjoy spotting them all year round from the comfort of your home.
We’d love to see which birds are in your garden. Why not send through photos captured from your conservatory, windows or in your garden to @Anglianhome on Twitter, our Facebook page, Pinterest or Google+ with the hashtag #birdwatching. You can even email them to us at [email protected].
We’ll feature the best ones in our ‘Windows on your world’ gallery: www.anglianhome.co.uk/windows/double-glazing
For more on Birdwatching we recommend the following organisations: