The UK hosts a wide range of beautiful birds which bring us and other wildlife a wide range of benefits, for example:
- Natural pesticides: birds eat caterpillars and aphids, which could damage garden plants.
- Pollination: some birds (e.g. hummingbirds) play a crucial role in pollinating flowers, transferring pollen from one flower to another as they feed on the nectar
- Seed dispersal: birds consume fruits and berries and spread seeds through their droppings, contributing to growth and diversity.
- Weed control: sparrows and finches feed on weed seeds, therefore reducing the need for weed killers and contributing to plant health.
- Aesthetics: birds bring beauty and life to a garden through their singing and their beautiful range of colours.
- Ecosystem balance: they work to balance the entire ecosystem, creating a better environment for other organisms too.
Below are links on to how best to encourage birds to your garden: