This weekend, it’s the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Bird Watch. Everyone in the UK can join in by signing up on the RSPB website and spending an hour between 29 and 31 January noting down the types of birds that visit your garden. If you want to encourage more birdlife into your space, we have everything you need.
Encouraging birdlife and other wild animals into your garden is really important to help our wildlife and bird populations.
There are lots of things you can do, such as putting bird food stations or hanging feeders around your garden, adding nesting boxes, shelters, water stations and perches. We have loads to choose from, so come and have a look.
Stock up on tasty supplies from Notcutts' extensive bird food range. Different birds favour different foods, so Notcutts has a wide selection of seeds, nuts and suets, as well as mealworms, and berries.
According to the RSPB, "Blackbirds mostly feed on the ground and will eat anything – from fatty nibbles to mealworms. Blue tits and great tits use a feeder, eating seeds as well as suet and peanuts. Finches, including chaffinches and greenfinches, use both a feeder and a bird table, and they love sunflower hearts."
You can put out leftovers like bread, fruit cake, unsalted nuts or fresh fruit such as apples and pears, but don’t use anything mouldy or salty.
You can also help birdlife by planting bird-friendly plants and flowers and encouraging different insects into your garden. Notcutts' friendly staff will be able to advise you on what works best.
Don’t forget to sign up at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/.