Places to Visit
School Veg Patch
Our garden has always been a place to share with wildlife. Being either nocturnal or too small to be able to observe without making an effort, lots of our wildlife visitors will go more or less unnoticed for much of the time leaving only traces of their presence. Birds, however, will readily adopt a garden as a favourite service station if they are provided with the essentials food, water and places to nest and shelter.
You can make various kinds of winter treats to help the birds through the cold winter when food is scarce. Different types of birds feed in different ways. Blue tits will cling upside down, sparrows will cling to hanging containers, robins will visit bird tables and blackbirds like to feed on the ground. If you want to provide them all with treats them you will need to create some treats to hang in trees, some to put on a bird table and others to place on the ground or on low feeding tables.
If you don’t know a sparrow from a dunnock this is the page for you.
In February 2011 we put up a new nesting box which has a camera installed so we can view life inside a nest box. This link takes you to another of our web sites where we have created a diary about what went on inside.
A list of birds that have visited our garden, some are regulars whereas others may only have been spotted once.
On the plot we hear goldfinches more often than see them. They twitter as they fly over the plot and garden or rest in the trees.
Seeing a bird of prey is always impressive. We have had a few close encounters with sparrowhawks.
This year wood pigeons have waged war on our plots by devastating our brassica plants.
Blue tits on the allotment or garden are helpful as they feed their young with thousands of caterpillars during the spring and summer.
This partridge was spotted on our plot resting among the green manure.
If you think house sparrows are just boring little brown birds - think again
The robin isn’t the only garden bird with a bright red breast