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Celebrating May: Top Tips for Garden Bird Feeding This Spring

As the flowers bloom and the days grow longer May heralds the peak of springtime in the UK. It's a season of renewal, and what better way to embrace it than by inviting the delightful chorus of garden birds into your outdoor space? Garden bird feeding isn't just a hobby; it's a rewarding way to connect with nature and support local bird populations, especially during crucial times like nesting season.

One of the joys of May is witnessing the flurry of activity as birds build nests and tend to their young. By providing a consistent food source, you can help them through this demanding period, ensuring they have the energy needed for parenting duties. Setting up bird feeders stocked with nutritious treats like seeds, nuts, and suet balls can make your garden a haven for birds.

Try feeding Fledge – perfect for this time of year.  It encourages natural foraging and should be fed alongside your existing food.

Image of a blue tit on a narrow branch

When choosing bird feeders, opt for a variety of designs to accommodate different species. Hanging feeders are perfect for tits, finches, and sparrows. Don't forget about water sources too; a shallow birdbath or a small pond can be a lifesaver for thirsty birds, especially during warmer weather.

May also brings the return of migratory birds, adding excitement and diversity to your garden bird population. Keep an eye out for colourful visitors like swallows, and swifts, which journey thousands of miles to breed here during the summer months.

Bird feeding isn't just beneficial for our garden birds; it's also a source of joy and relaxation for us humans. There's something incredibly soothing about watching bird’s flit about your garden, their vibrant plumage adding splashes of colour to the greenery. It's a simple yet profound way to reconnect with the natural world.

May is the perfect time to embrace garden bird feeding. By providing food, water, and shelter, you can create a welcoming environment for birds and contribute to their well-being during this vital period. So, grab your binoculars, sit back, and enjoy your spring garden birds.

Image of a wood pigeon sat near some summer flowers

Written by Angela

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