Posted: 14/03/2015 at 08:27
When we bought our house last summer we got no birds in the garden, possibly because the previous owners were welcoming what seems like all 9 or 10 cats that live in the close round for food and treats. Cats are now less welcome, and we have a mature cherry tree in the middle of the lawn which has been perfect for hanging feeders. We now get robins, wrens, dunnocks, blue and great tits, a black cap, green and goldfinches, starlings, feral and wood pigeons, the odd crow and jackdaw, chaffinches, blackbirds, magpies. Oh and once in a while gulls! Although we're on an estate we're not far from farmland and open countryside, and lots of lovely hedgerow so I'm assuming that helps.
I think you need to offer different foods, make sure they are regularly available, and provide water. I've all but given up on nyger seed too, none of them seem to touch it. I think between the back and front garden we have seven feeders and I also sometimes sprinkle suet pellets on a patch of lawn away from any cat cover.
We're in the process of sorting the garden and I'm trying to include plants and shrubs that they'll like so hopefully they'll stick around. Just interested to see now if the nestbox we put up gets any attention!