Whilst we’re busy admiring our wonderful gardens, spare a thought for some of the wonderful creatures that also share our plots!
Our feathered friends have certainly become the gardener’s best friend but we are often rather guilty of over looking them at this time of year. We all know that feeding the birds in our garden can make a huge difference to their chances of survival, but did you know that more birds die of starvation during the summer months than in the winter?
According to the RSPB extensive studies have revealed that even more birds die due to lack of natural food sources at this time of year, during the breeding season, than those who die from the cold in the winter. Many of us however still tend to concentrate only on feeding birds in the winter months, but clearly it’s important to keep feeding all year round and especially now!
Many birds need to consume as much as 40% of their body weight each day and carry very little fat reserves. Access to a food source high in energy is therefore vital to their survival and foods such as Black Sunflower Seeds and Sunflower Hearts are ideal.
The RSPB now strongly recommend feeding wild birds all year round and obviously many gardeners are taking up their advice. Surprisingly there can be a big shortage of natural foods during the summer months and you would never think that feeding now can save lives, but it does.
Many gardeners believe that Bees are their best friends as they provide an essential service by pollinating many of our crops. Without them we would starve and have much fewer seeds to sow, but at least 20 species are in fact endangered, so its important to encourage as many as we can. So it’s important not to take them for granted.
The Bumblebee is one of the most important bees to the gardener. They are a very non-aggressive bee and therefore normally very safe to have around and they will pollinate twice as many flowers as Honeybees. Mason Bees are also very efficient pollinators and particularly useful for fruit crops in the early spring.
Introducing insect habitats into your garden can be a valuable way to help sustain the wildlife on your doorstep whether you buy them from the garden centre or make them yourself.