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Give a Bird a Home
Due to a loss of habitat and shortage of food, birds have struggled in recent years, with several species seeing a decline in numbers. Thankfully, there are a few things we can do to help. Working together, Sykes Cottages and theNorth Wales Wildlife Trust have gathered information on two common types of nest box you can use to give a bird a home, as well as some hints and tips on transforming your garden into a haven for our feathered friends.

Open Fronted Nest Boxes
Ideal for Robins and Pied Wagtails

Specific Tips
Place low down, no more than 2 metres off the ground.
They need to be hidden under some cover; ivy or other climbing plants are ideal for this.

Small Holed Nest Box
Ideal for Blue Tits and the House Sparrow

Hole Sizes
Different birds use different sized holes
Blue Tit – 25mm
Great Tit – 28mm
House Sparrow – 32mm
Starling – 45mm

Specific Tips
Place 2 metres or more off the ground.
Attach to a wall, tree or fence. Make sure it’s out of reach of cats.

Make a Bird-Friendly Garden
Feeder
Place feeders in the garden so birds have plenty to eat. Remember to put them in sight of your windows so you can keep an eye on the visitors.
Birdbath
Birds use birdbaths to drink and clean themselves, just be sure to keep it topped up with fresh water.
Planting
Create a safe and sustainable habitat for birdlife in your garden by growing a wide variety of plants, including fruit trees, evergreens, climbers and spiny shrubs.
For More Information
Your local Wildlife Trust can offer further information on how to help birds in your garden.  Alternatively, visit the RSPB website.
 


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