Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:14
It's bad enough that humans are destroying/reducing parts of our countryside with serious impact on our wildlife - we are now doing it in our own backyards! I love the birds that come into my garden and, now, in early March, they are foraging all around my garden looking for materials to build their nests. They can do this because I am more concerned about our birds that I am a neat, tidy garden. I have left my garden all winter and they are reaping the benefits. Most of the materials they need to build nests (from twigs/leaves/moss, etc.; they have in my garden. They will continue to reap the benefits for a good few weeks yet before I consider making a start on the garden, which I also hope will help with feeding their young. Why can't gardeners leave their gardens now in early spring, they are not that bad, when it is so vital for our wildlife? Also, I cannot understand why people want to landscape over gardens with gravel/paving slabs, etc. with very little or no grass, 'designer' plants that are of no use to wildlife. It is no wonder that we are helping with the declining numbers of birds visiting our garden. Does anyone agree?
By they way, I also have two cats. They were collars with 2 bells on and I keep them in when I feed the birds. Plus I keep them in during the day whilst the birds are nest building/feeding their young. They are happy cats. Another topic perhaps, but it's on the subject of helping our wildlife, especially the birds.