In Springtime, you may be lucky enough to see adult birds gathering materials to build their nests. You can help by supplying them with some lovely, comfy materials!
Birds build nests of very differnce shapes and sizes, from the tinest goldcrest nest at just 10cm to the huge messy nests of eagles which can be up to three metres wide! Many smaller garden or common birds in the UK use materials ranging from twigs to moss, and some include ferns and lichens – some birds, like warblers, even use spider webs to help “glue” their nests together! Sadly some birds have also been observed to use litter, including plastic and cigarette ends, to build a home for their chicks.
You can help by providing clean materials for birds in Spring. A good way is to use clothes pegs to simple hang it onto a line, or fill a cage-type bird feeder. Alternatively, you can reuse a clean plastic bottle with hole scut into it. You can stuff it with materials and stick twigs, push skewers through it to provide perches, and hang like a feeder.
Useful materials include:
- Cat or dog fur from grooming
- Bedding straw
- Dried grass
- Shredded paper
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with open gardens where swifts, martins and swallows visit, then you can help them too. They use mud to build and repair their nests, so try putting some wet mud in a shallow dish or container such as a dustbin lid, or creating damp mud at the edges of borders and ponds or in bare patches of grass.
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