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With summer fast approaching Chatterbox this week will focus on What we can all do to attract more birds and other wildlife to our school grounds?
Great ideas for attracting wildlife?
You might want to start a nature club at school. This can be a group of people interested in birds and other wildlife who want to find out more. You might decide that your club wants to help younger children enjoy wildlife, or that you want to tell everyone in the school about how they can do little things to help look after wildlife - like not dropping harmful rubbish. You might want to run an Environmental campaign to tell everyone in the school about the birds and other wildlife on their own doorstep.
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Just thinking about birds!
Grow in the ground native plants - Select a variety of plants to offer year-round food in the form of seeds, berries, nuts, and nectar.
Do not use insecticides - These can kill insects that are a primary source of food for many bird species.
Keep dead trees - Dead trees provide homes for birds to raise their young and are places where insects can be found.
Hang outside a nesting box - Make sure the box has ventilation holes at the top and drainage holes below.
Build a brush pile - Start on the ground with larger logs and on top place smaller branches. Some birds will hunt, roost or even nest in brush piles!
Add a bird feeder - Bird feeders are great sources of food for birds during the winter months.
Reduce your grassed area - Grassed areas have little value to birds or other wildlife so think about replacing them with plants and other features.