Posted: 06/01/2017 at 20:13
TyCerrig - what other planting do you have in your garden, and what do other neighbours have? That's important as birds and other wildlife need a variety of things to make them come in. Even if there's only a few other householders with suitable habitats, you should be able to encourage more birds in.
Don't despair - put small amounts of good quality food out, and be consistent. If you can encourage a few neighbours to do the same, it will gradually improve. Even in the middle of cities and towns, there are huge bird populations - it's just a matter of giving them what they need. Some simple annual and perennial flowers which attract insects (the good and the bad!) will bring in those bird predators to feed on them. Shrubs, trees and grasses all provide food or shelter. Early spring bulbs offer nectar for early bees and insects, and all these things add up over time, as you will be creating a little lifecycle in your garden. Your beach will get used by birds and insects for drinking and bathing, once they start coming in regularly
My cage feeder is simply a step ahead of the squirrel proof cages which are readily available, and it was created because we get a lot of magpies, starlings and jackdaws which swarm in and hoover up all the food on the ground, leaving the little ground feeding birds like dunnocks and robins with very little. Open feeders were just as bad, as the starlings are like plagues of locusts!
The robins and dunnocks quickly learned how to 'perch' to access the feeding ports (I've added more branches to make it easier) It also stops the squirrels. It needs to be properly constructed as it was a quick fix at the time, and will get a proper roof as well as timber supports. It's just the shelves from one of those little growhouses wired together, and then fixed to the fence.The front opens to allow me access.