Twinstreams Indigenous Nursery and Landscaping Contact

Encourage Nesting
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:57

There are many of us that love nature so much that we would go the extra lengths to make sure that we have all these beautiful different varieties of birds enter our gardens. Even though they may give us lovely offerings on our garden furniture, cars and verandas, we still enjoy the sweet sounds of an acappella choir in the morning before rushing off to our daily routines. There are many benefits to living with our feathered friends both in our lives and the environment. An interesting fact is that South Africa covers 1% of the world’s land mass and also is the home to 8% of the world’s bird population. This includes over 800 different species. Having a bird bath is your garden is a very sweet gesture as birds enjoy bathing and drinking from them, but what about a small shelter or food? Yes, most birds do build their own nests, but what do you have in your garden to help them do so, do you have a tall tree in which they can build their nests in, do you have a tree with leaves that birds can use to build their nests with or maybe even an owl house for those beautiful nocturnal birds? The main idea here is to see how we can sustain our wildlife and also help those birds who are currently dwindling in the wind in order to benefit our local garden ecosystem. Here are some tips on what you should have to encourage having different birds in your garden. Try to have an open area of indigenous lawn this is especially welcomed by long legged birds. A dense area has a variety of heights of different trees and shrubs for roosting and nesting. Birds will only build a nest if they feel it is safe and maybe it will be a good idea to plant an Acacia Tree, as thorn trees are very popular for nesting and perching sites due to the amount of protection they offer. Not only should you take into consideration what kind of food and nesting trees and shrubs you should get to make your garden bird friendly but also take into account what plants and trees would suit your garden best. Only plant an acacia if your garden allows it, remember not to plant it too close to your house as the roots may disturb the foundations and when this tree eventually grows taller it may give you some issues with the gutters it is very important to do some research on the trees that you would like to plant so that you don’t have any problems later on. There are many different trees for nesting and feeding plants for birds these trees would include the Cussonia Spp which is a very decorative and multi stemmed tree and creates great hideouts for birds. Erythrina Spp which is usually a multi stemmed tree or shrub and gives excellent fruits and flowers for birds. Acacia Spp which provides safely for birds. Zizphus muronata which is a spiny tree and is generally great for wildlife, Ficus spp most species are fantastic for birds, Euphorbia ingens is a succulent tree that will provide seeds which is eaten by birds and Kigelia africana which may have an unpleasant smell for humans but birds and other animals love to visit its flowers. If you have a kitty that loves to catch all of the little birds in your garden then you can simply attach a bell to his/her collar so that will give your little birds a heads up. This will keep birds feeling safe in your garden and they will be sure to visit more often.alt


Home | Website development by Justin Whittaker | PAIA | Login