How to attract native birds to your garden
Bringing birds into your garden can be a special treat. In Australia, we are lucky enough to have many beautiful native bird species that love to visit gardens. You can attract honeyeaters, lorikeets, cockatoos, galahs and rosellas and many more.
How can you attract native birds to your garden?
Keep your garden bird friendly
Cats and dogs can be a threat to native birds and other wildlife, check out a related article on native wildlife and your pets
. Keep your pets inside at night. As cats are good climbers, they can chase after birds. The easiest way around this is to put a small bell on your cat’s collar to alert birds to their presence.
Always have a supply of water
Birds will seek out places to drink and bathe in. Bird baths will attract birds to your garden and can look great. Keep the water source elevated so birds will feel safe.
Plants and trees
Tall flowering trees are attractive to birds. They offer a great place for nesting, shelter as well as a food source. Plant lots of Australian natives like Eucalyptus, grevilleas, wattle and bottlebrush. These are sure to have birds visiting!
It’s best not to give birds purchased food sources. Some can be low quality and unhealthy. The best thing you can do is look after your garden. Birds will find plenty to eat from the trees and the insects that the trees attract. This is the most natural and rewarding way to feed birds.
A nest box can be useful to birds as they cannot always find tree hollows. Keep it elevated and only large enough for birds to enter (and not any other animals).
With all these elements in place, you will start to see more and more birds come to your garden. Now all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!