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Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Photo: Patrick Laporte

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:

  1. Provide shelter so birds can be protected from the weather by planting vegetation in clumps.
  2. Provide a variety of food sources in all seasons by diversifying the plant species in the garden.
  3. 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.

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