This means not only providing them with a suitable habitat but also placing things such as your bird feeders, bird houses and sources of water in suitable locations where the birds are safe from predators.
The garden should have as much as possible of the three basic vegetation layers. That is, a lower level with plenty of ground level plants, a middle tier with lots of shrubs and bushes and a higher level consisting of trees.
Of course not everyone is lucky enough to have a large yard but in such cases trees in surrounding areas such as neighbours yards or a nearby park can act as the upper tier if necessary.
Even if you only have a tiny yard, you can still put out food and water for the birds and expect to get visitors, as long as you remember to consider the basic tips:
- Feed consistently and regularly
- Don’t allow stale food to remain in your feeders or on your bird tables
- Provide a regular supply of fresh water
- Don’t allow water to stagnate
- Place your feeders in the best possible locations to make the birds feel safe and protect them from predators