Attract birds to your school grounds and gardens
There are a number of ways to attract birds to your school gronds or garden, from planting native plants to providing safe stopover areas for them to eat, drink and nest.
Below are eight great ways to attract birds plus instructions on things to do and make. Discuss these ideas with your teacher, family and friends and then have a go!
- Provide water year-round - A simple birdbath is a great start. Change water every 2-3 days in summer and use a heater in the winter.
- Install 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 primary source of food for many bird species and are an important source of protein and fats for growing juvenile birds.
- Keep dead trees - Dead trees provide homes for birds to raise their young and are places where insects can be found..
- Put out nesting boxes - Make sure the boxes have ventilation holes at the top and drainage holes below.
- Build a brush pile - Start with larger logs and top with 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.