A decline in natural habitats mean that our gardens are more important than ever for birds.
To attract birds, your garden needs to be attractive to them all year round. A bird-friendly garden not only offers food but water, shelter, nesting sites and materials and protection from predators.
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If you've put out food but birds aren't visiting your garden, work out how you can make it more attractive - are there places for birds to shelter or take cover from predators, for example? And be patient - it can take time for birds to routinely visit your garden.
Here are some ways to attract birds to your garden.
Provide natural food sources
Provide supplementary food
Feeding birds in winter is essential - it helps them conserve energy and get through cold nights. But food shortages can happen at any time, so keep feeders topped up all year round - birds will rely on them. Put up a mix of foods to attract a range of species. Discover which foods suit different birds.
Provide nesting sites
The type of nest box and its location will depend on the bird it's for - watch our video on the different types of bird box. Put boxes in a sheltered spot, away from predators. If you can, provide natural nest sites, too, such as a dense native hedge - this will provide food, too. Don't prune hedges between March to July if birds are nesting.
Protect from cats and other predators
Birds won't visit if they don't feel safe. They like to be able to check for predators like cats and sparrowhawks, and need somewhere to retreat to quickly. Put feeders next to some cover, such as a tree, hedge or climber-covered fence. A prickly shrub beneath a bird feeder can help to deter cats.