Getting ready for the birds and bees

Getting ready for the birds and bees


Posted 8th Feb 2018


Gardens are often overlooked when it comes to craft and upcycling activities

Despite this, there are a few simple garden projects you can get involved in, and now will be the perfect time to get creative before Spring starts.

This simple how-to guide will look at how to get started with bird and bee houses - these are important to attract to your garden, as they're both desirable pollinators.

1 Building a bird box

Start off by building or sourcing a simple box in the garden that encourages birds and bees to nest. You can buy these pre-made or alternatively make your own. It doesn't need to be enormous or elaborate - you can go for a rustic or makeshift look. Try upcycling old pieces of wood or containers that you no longer use.

2 Adding plants and materials

After you've found a container, add plants, various wood and materials to create holes and nesting opportunities. Providing little hideaways within the larger container will mean the birds and bees are more likely to settle.

3 Nesting holes

Leaving small piles of nesting material around the garden is a useful way of encouraging bees. Look for small holes and gaps in trees and hedges, and fill these with biodegradable waste, including excess twigs and foliage.

4 Bird feeders

Create homemade bird feed from seeds and a simple fat, such as lard. You can find relatively inexpensive bird seed mix in pet or homeware shops. Mix the fat and seeds together to make a ball - if you hang these near the bird containers, it will encourage birds to return to the spot and eventually, will take up nest within the birdhouse.

Additional tips

Tree bumblebees have a fondness for birdhouses with small holes - an easy craft includes adding bamboo to birdhouses to encourage birds to stay.

Tutorial courtesy of Andy Baxter from Internet Gardener





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