Hanne is a forest ranger and lives in the woods of Doorn on the Utrecht ridge. Despite the fact that she lives in the woods and there are enough animals foraging around in her garden, Hanne actually does a lot to keep the birds in the garden. Do you also want more birds in the garden? We help you with it.
The first V stands for nutrition, especially; natural food. You can do this in various ways, such as with grass. If you make sure you have grass lying around, blackbirds and song thrushes can easily look for seeds and worms in your garden. They like them and take you little to no effort.
No grass? Then plant various nectar-bearing plants in your garden. These attract a lot of insects and birds like robins and wrens come to them. If you have the opportunity to add a little water in your garden by means of a fountain or a small stream, insects will also come here.
Keep the birds in your yard
If you have birds in your garden and you want to keep them there, it can – especially in winter – really help to feed them. You can do this with special bird peanut butter and fat balls.
You can often find woodpeckers on the peanut butter and the tits like to come to the fat balls.
You can also scatter loose seeds in a house. Seed-eating birds such as sparrows and finches love it! You can do this in a small house. This way you secretly keep the big boys like crows, chaps and pigeons at bay because they don’t fit in. Sparrows can easily hide and eat in it.
Don’t give them this!
Do not give birds (old) food scraps or feed that is not suitable for birds. This quickly contains a lot of salt, which a bird cannot process because they have no kidneys. Then really only buy special bird food.
Also don’t: buy neat and hang it ready for use. Birds can regularly get stuck in here with their legs and you naturally want to prevent that.
Final tip: if you don’t have a pond in the garden, make sure you have some water. This is very easy with a bowl or dish. Here the birds can drink and take a bath. Also looks very cozy in your backyard.
The second V stands for safety. You create safety with hedges, shrubs and bushes where birds can hide well.
A fence is not very handy, but if you have one and still want to make a place for them, you can, for example, choose to grow ivy.
Also on a balcony, a Clematis or Tuscan jasmine is very beautiful and is a perfect and sheltered place for our winged friends.
The third V stands for reproduction. Birds often build their nests in hedges, trees and ivy bushes. If you don’t have one in the garden, you can of course hang a birdhouse.
Pay attention to a few things:
- Hang it high so that cats cannot reach it. If you have a cat, plant ivy or gauze around it so that they cannot / do not want to reach it.
- Do not hang the house in full sun
- Do not hang the house in full wind either
- The north-east is often the best place in the garden for a house
The houses are used for reproduction in the spring, but it is especially in the autumn that it is important that you check them carefully.
Remove old nests so that new residents can sleep in them in winter. If they feel good there, it may just be that they want to stay there in the spring and lay eggs.
So, come on
Did you walk all the way through all the points? Then there is no other way than that the birds will find your garden quickly. Do you want more tips? Then take a look here.