There is nothing more special than sitting on your garden bench, at the edge of your lawn and watching the birds come and go. British gardens are alive with robins and finches, wrens and blackbirds. Attracting such birds is relatively easy; throw around a few seeds, and you should have a display of sorts. However, if you want to attract a great variety of species, then you might want to build a bird box – it will be worth the effort.
The first way to make sure you attract different birds is by putting out a good amount of food. This makes the platform on which the birds land essential, as it is where you will scatter the seeds. Different types of feed will be appealing to different species. In the late autumn you could put out substandard apples, and in winter you should consider a fat block, which could attract a flock of starlings. The starlings will undoubtedly come if you plant a tree that provides berries. The flock may arrive and leave within a day or two, stripping your tree on the way, but it will be a fantastic sight.
Your bird box will also provide natural cover and nesting opportunities for birds. It matters where you place your box if you want the birds to nest. Dunnocks, wrens and robins require dense cover, so your box should be hidden well amongst the trees and shrubs. Tits are hole-nesters and will love your box for rearing chicks. If you want birds to nest, then it is a good idea to have a pond or plants that will encourage a healthy insect population.
Already, in just thinking about your bird box and its placement, you have become more connected to nature. Check out the infographic for how to make your bird box and where to place it if you want to see your visitors from your garden bench.
Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches – a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.