The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Create a bird sanctuary in your backyard.

Birds have 3 basic needs, water, food and a safe place to breed. By installing a water feature/pond or just a container of water placed in a safe area in your garden. Take care that the water is not to deep, and that the birds don't drown, so place a stone or small bit of a tree branch in the water. If the pond has shallow areas, birds will drink and bath in it, while frogs will move in creating a whole new habitat.

Beautiful waterlillies on our pond.

Food is another basic need and we us gardeners can help by planting the correct plants to attract birds. Banksias, Grevillias and Bottlebrushes are good to consider when selecting plants from the nursery. Ask your nursery person for other species suitable to attract not only birds but also bees to your garden. If you want to attract a wide variety of birds to your garden you need to cater for seed eaters, fruit and meat eaters. A feeding table with diced fruit, a hanging bird seed holder or just by planting a few shrubs will help.

Our native birds love nesting in old hollow trees but if you don't have any, you could attach a few wooden boxes or hollow logs in your trees. That's not to say they will use them this season. We have a lovely old apple box tree where atleast 5 pairs of Australian wood ducks are nesting atm. We also have a pair of tawny frogmouth owls that visit at night and sleep cuddling up to each other. You just need to know where to look for them. Our very tame resident Magpie loves
digging for worm and bugs, following you when you working in the garden.

This is a bearded dragon sitting on an old fence post.

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