Aim to include these four elements in a wildlife and bird friendly outdoor space.
Start of nesting season: from February to July, breeding season is upon us. Make sure your nest boxes are clean and ready for your feathered friends.
Preparing for summer: keep your bird feeders stocked up as breeding is well underway. April is a good time to sow wildflower meadows and Hardy annuals.
No Mow May and Dawn Chorus Day: try taking part in #nomowmay to support insect life and celebrate international dawn chorus day by putting out a special treat for your birds.
Water Worries: Keep your birdbaths topped up in these hot summer months and allow seed heads on sunflowers and other plants to develop, these are quite the treat for birds!
Tree planting: October is a good time to plant trees, hardy summer bulbs and herbaceous perennials. Any fallen leaves can be left out to provide shelter for wildlife.
Shrubs and bushes: Now is a perfect time to plant shrubs and bushes so they establish before the cold snap. Hawthorn and elder are good choices for shelter as a food source.
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