We are really lucky to have so many types of birds that make their home in and around Apple Court Garden. Birds are vital to a healthy garden – the blackbirds and thrushes eat many of the slugs and snails that would attack our hostas. Smaller birds such as robins eat a variety of bugs such as aphids and mosquitoes, and finches and sparrows eat weed seeds to help control unwanted plants. We don’t use any pesticides in the garden, meaning that it’s safe for the birds, which in turn eliminates the need for chemical control!
Birds provide so much joy in the garden. Their endless songs; the robins that follow us as we work; the blackbird that spends every spring attacking his reflection in one of the garden mirrors. In the spring we love to spot the fledglings, our favourite being the perfect little blue tits, and we’ve managed to get some wonderful photos and videos (see below for 1 example). At this time of year, when the baby blue tits hatch, their poor parents can make perhaps 400 daily nest visits with insects, between them – when the blue tits are ready to fledge, this can be up to 700 visits! Phew! The breeding season is timed so that the baby blue tits are growing at exactly the same time as a huge caterpillar crop on oak leaves and lots of little spider cocoons among the new shoots. We have many old oaks surrounding Apple Court, so I imagine this is where they are gathering for their young.
See our blog on how we feed the birds:
And our beautiful bluetit fledglings below.