Plants and Birds2023-07-05T10:30:39+01:00

Plants and Birds:

To attract birds, a common way is to put out a bird feeder, however there are many plants that are beneficial to birds and consequently will entice them to your garden.

Berry-producing shrubs and trees: the berries produced from shrubs and trees are a good food source for many birds, here are some examples:

  • Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia). These trees produce bright red berries which birds such as thrushes, blackbirds, and waxwings love. 
  • Holly (Ilex Aquifolium). Holly bushes provide berries in the winter when other food may not be readily available. Blackcaps, redwings, and fieldfares love these.
  • Cotoneaster. Again, these produce small berries that are popular with blackbirds and thrushes. 
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus). These shrubs provide shelter and berries that attract thrushes and finches.


Seed-bearing plants: many birds enjoy the seeds produced from plants, and so planting these will reduce the need for bird feeders and seeds.

  • Sunflowers (Helianthus). The head of a sunflower produces many seeds loved by finches and tits. 
  • Teasel (Dipsacus). These are tall flowers that produce seeds loved by finches and buntings.
  • Evening primrose (Oenothera). Flowers from this plant produce seeds that finches and other seed-eating birds like Siskins enjoy. 

Nectar-rich flowers: these flowers attract insects in abundance, meaning birds that like to eat insects will be often seen around these specific flowers.

  • Buddleja. This ‘Butterfly Bush’ attracts many different butterfly species, and consequently, birds. 
  • Foxglove (Digitalis). Warblers and flycatchers are birds that love feeding on insects, and foxglove flowers attract many.
  • Red champion (Silene Dioica). Again, this plant attracts insects, and therefore many insect-eating birds.

Dense shrubs: these shrubs’ thick foliage means birds use them for nesting and shelter. 

  • Privet (Ligustrum Lucidum). Many birds use this dense foliage for nesting and cover.
  • Berberis. These shrubs have thorny branches, offering protection and potential nesting sites for small birds.