Providing the right habitat will keep wildlife in the garden

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Providing the right kind of habitat will encourage wildlife to stay in a garden, one expert has suggested.

Kirsi Peck, wildlife advisor for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, advised gardeners to use "as few chemicals as possible to allow the insects to feed for the birds, [plant] the kind of shrubs and herbaceous plants that will be good for birds and [provide] them with berries or insects and natural nesting places."

Spiky bushes will also provide protection from predators such as cats, she added.

The expert also advised that in the short-term, putting out a few feeders will attract plenty of birds, but added that they must be kept clean to prevent infections.

This could be a vital task, as according to The British Trust for Ornithology, greenfinch populations in central England have dropped by a third after a new disease, trichomonosis, has emerged.

People who have summer houses in their garden could make an attractive feature out of their roof by encouraging birds to nest there.

Posted by Martin Corby
    - 23 August 2010
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