Even a small garden can provide a selection of natural food sources for birds all year round.
From autumn onwards, this is particularly important, as temperatures start to drop and food becomes more scarce. But which plants are the best?
Here are 10 that will provide a succession of valuable foods for a wide range of bird species.
In autumn, ivy flowers attract insects, which in turn provide food for robins and wrens. When the black berries appear in the middle of winter, they're devoured by everything from thrushes, waxwings, starlings and jays, to finches and blackbirds. The leaves provide food for caterpillars of the holly blue butterfly, as well as nesting and roosting shelter for birds.
The shiny clusters of haws can stay on this tree until February or March. They're the favourite berry of blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares and are enjoyed by many other species too, including chaffinches, starlings and greenfinches. The leaves are the foodplant for caterpillars of many species of moth, providing food for baby birds in spring.