Posted: 14/11/2012 at 11:20
When we moved to this ex farmhouse there was no garden and about 3 sparrows. We have turned the surrounding cow pasture into a garden, erected a feeding station out of reach of our cats and a ground feeding site away from pouncing cover, feed the birds all year round, sectioned off the ends of our attics so the birds can nest safely in the eaves and bingo, we now have about 30 or so nesting pairs who live in the eaves and produce 2 or 3 clutches each summer as well as others who nest elsewhere but feed and play in our garden.
We also have assorted tits and finches as well as seasonal dunnocks, wrens, and woodpeckers plus pheasants, jays, corws, magpies and so on.
I never spray against pests and diseases and find the birds hoover up caterpilars and aphids to feed their young. A case of give and take that works for us.
The cats have never caught one and the sparrowhawk has only caught one pigeon and one sparrow that I've ever seen.