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Thanks to urban planning and modern construction, more than two million homes in the UK have no garden. That doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy some of the benefits of the outdoors though. Many have private backyards, or shared communal space for flats. Is it still possible to attract and feed wild birds, if you only have a compact backyard at your UK home? The answer is a firm yes, though you may need to use a little more planning to get good results, compared to homeowners with large gardens to use. These bird feeding tips will help you enjoy visits from feathered friends.
Bird Feeding Tips
Create Safe Space
Clearly wild birds are shy and cautious creatures. They are unlikely to pop down to feed in your yard if they feel their safety is jeopardized.
For example, swooping down to eat even the tastiest plain bird food off the ground in an enclosed space will be viewed as too risky. If you have a cat or dog lurking around you can also make your property a “no-go” area.
The first step to attract feathered visitors to your backyard is create an attractive and protective feeding area. For example, a feeding platform mounted high on a wall, or a bird feeder suspended well above the ground.
Offer Regular, Quality Feed
UK garden birds are also creatures of habit, with finely tuned survival skills.
If you regularly leave out fresh, good quality wild bird seed, word will spread! You will find that not only do you tempt regular visitors, you will also attract a good range of different species to snack on items you buy from expert bird seed suppliers.
Offering a variety of nutritious items will also make your backyard popular. Mix plain bird seed with peanuts and meal worms for example.
Equipment To Appeal To Back Yard Birds
Hanging squirrel proof bird feeders – and delicious suet balls for example – can help ease your winged wildlife into making regular visits. Jake from Bird Cages Now also recommends providing a water source to keep them coming back and to put the feeders near cover to help the birds feel safe. Providing cover is especially helpful for feeding shy species like Cardinals that need extra care to feel more comfortable before trusting in what you have to offer.
It’s also helpful to provide them with safe perches near to the wild bird food you provide. This can be wall shelves, for example, high planters, washing lines or even piles of logs. This gives birds somewhere to sit for a few seconds, assessing whether it's safe to take the food you’re offering.
How To Watch Backyard Birds
Positioning your bird feeding area in your backyard is about making your feathered friends feel safe, but also ensuring you can enjoy watching their antics! Try to find a spot with an uninterrupted view from a house window. Or, you could even craft a homemade bird hide. It's an enclosed structure you can sit inside, to peep out for backyard bird watching. We hope you found these bird feeding tips helpful!