Local House builders and RSPB
encourage homeowners to invite birds into gardens
NEW homeowners across Southport are being encouraged to
invite birds into their garden, by local house builder, David Wilson Homes (DWH)
North West, ahead of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.
The national wildlife survey event is taking place from 28 January to 30 January
2017, and encourages people to join the millions who take part in counting the
birds across the country. Southport residents are being encouraged to get
involved by dropping into DWH North West's Pavilion Gardens site to collect some
free bird feed and an RSPB information pack which will help locals to identify
and survey the area's feathered friends. It can be obtained via popping into
Pavilion Garden's Marketing Suite, situated on Town Lane, Southport, plus a
simple step by step guide to each of these activities, visit the RSPB's Big
Garden Birdwatch page
Steve Jackson, Sales Director at DWH North West, said:- "The Big Garden
Birdwatch is such an exciting event and we wanted to encourage Southport
homeowners and house hunters to get involved and invite birds into their garden.
Birds are absolutely mesmerising in their behaviours and this is something that,
as a nation, we should be able to appreciate more. We hope these tips will help
to encourage wildlife into people's gardens and give birds a home this season."
Ahead of the Big Garden Birdwatch, 5 star housebuilder DWH North West has teamed
up with the RSPB to give its top tips on how new residents can give nature a
home and ensure they have plenty of feathered friends close by to document.
The activities are simple and easy to do, yet can help transform a brand new
garden into a wildlife haven for birds.
DWH North West's top tips:-
1.Provide plenty of food....
To ensure the birds pay a visit to your new garden, be sure to lay out plenty of
food to entice them, including seeds and suet which can be put in a bird feeder
or on a roofed bird table.
2. Create a sparrow street...
Introduce a nestbox into your garden and give somewhere for House sparrows to
raise their chicks. Sadly, the UK population of House sparrows has halved in
recent years, so the RSPB is encouraging people to build sparrow boxes and put
them up in their gardens, providing shelter and a home for the birds. Sparrows
like to have their friends nearby so why not encourage a colony of them in your
garden by building a sparrow street and putting a row of them together?
3. Plant a tree in your garden....
Trees play a vital part in offering birds a home so why not invite them into
your garden by planting your very own tree? They offer song perches, nesting
sites, safe retreats, and highways in the sky, so there's no reason why this
wouldn't help bring some wildlife into your own garden. This works with trees of
all sizes, so don't think because you have a smaller garden you might not be
able to take part, as apple trees are a perfect choice for those with less room.
Adrian Thomas, Communications Officer at the RSPB, said:- "The Big Garden
Birdwatch gives us a great snapshot of how our garden birds are faring and we
need to know this information for new build houses as well as older properties.
With just a bit of effort, we know new homes for people can be great homes for
the nation's favourite birds too."