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Our new garden
10th December 2012
I’ve recently moved house and its really interesting to be making friends with new birds. You just get used to the birds who regularly visit your garden and more importantly, they get used to you. Now I’m not being completely silly, I know we’re talking about many generations of birds over the years, but these are the children the parents introduced, and as such each generation gets more familiar and approachable.
It is lovely to look out and see different species landing and feeding in the new garden, birds I never saw in the old one and bear in mind, I’ve only moved a few hundred yards in the same village. The other interesting point, is we now live in a house with back to back gardens, so we join with half a dozen other gardens and I can watch and see which way the birds fly in and out and how some gardens seen to get bypassed completely.
With my knowledge of birds and the job I do, I’m in quite a unique position to do more for them and possibly improve my chances of attracting (and identifying) more species. However, simply putting food out will not change the birds inherited instincts and this is why I am now seeing new visitors. The old garden was planned and planted by me to be wildlife friendly, lots of perennial plants, fruiting shrubs and native trees (well one tree I’m making the garden sound rather more grand than the 20′ of space I called my own) but it was only planted 5 years ago and lacked maturity. The new garden on the other hand is very old and while it lacks many wildlife friendly features, it more than makes up for in being overgrown with dense foliage.
Birds in the wild all occupy their own little niches and this what allows for the vast diversity of species we enjoy in the UK. Some birds like open pasture, others dense woodland and although I have a particular interest in garden wildlife, never forgetting the birds of seashore and open oceans. Therefore, if my garden doesn’t suit a particular species of bird due to location or circumstance, it won’t matter how much ‘acme dodo food’ I put out, I’m just not going to attract one to my garden!
With my new garden now full of feeders, tables and a ground station I’m happily identifying visiting birds, new and old, and looking forward to meeting their young next spring and wondering if a finch, robin or blackbird will be the first to take a mealworm from my hand clearly signalling to me that this new garden is our home