Are you enchanted by birdsong? Would you like to invite birds into your garden? Choosing native plants creates a space where birds can feed and find shelter in all seasons.
For your Bird Garden to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:
- Provide shelter so birds can be protected from the weather by planting vegetation in clumps.
- Provide a variety of food sources in all seasons by diversifying the plant species in the garden.
- Provide a water source that is clean and shallow in all seasons.
To improve and enrich your garden, you can also:
- Create a safe area for birds by keeping cats out, if possible, and by marking windows;
- Use native plants, which will attract native fauna. Replace exotic plants with species from here, as needed.
- Reduce lawn surface and increase flower bed areas.
- Use compost and natural fertilizers (make wise use of them).
- Become an Ambassador for the planet and promote organic gardening practices to your neighbours, colleagues and friends.
Tip sheet: Creating your bird garden
Did you know that …
With carefully-chosen plants, you can provide a food source for birds throughout the year.
By attracting native birds, indigenous plants can prevent the proliferation of non-native species such as starlings and house sparrows.