Don't spare the hair!
With nest-building starting to gain pace, it is essential help for your wild garden birds to offer nesting material to them to collect from your bird feeding area.
There are a few do's and dont's to be aware of.
Do offer cotton wool, chopped up wool (1" lengths) and the old favourite, dog grooming hair! we have just cut and washed our Terrier and the hair from the clippings is put into a cheap peanut feeder
for the birds to help themselves. You may see chunks of moss on the ground at this time of year, this is the larger birds removing it from your roof or gutter and this can be put out for other birds to line their nest with. Blue Tits and Wrens both use moss when lining their nests.
Don't leave out lengths of string (especially nylon) or cotton as these can get tangled in the birds feet. The birds will help themselves to small twigs and leaves from around your garden and when they disturb the leaf cover they find insects and grubs, so we don't bother presenting these materials as we think they are best left in the hedgerow.
If you are thinking about what you should be offering as food for your garden's wild birds population, we have an exclusive seasonal mix called Spring / Summer mix
and this will provide all the food and grit your visitors will require for the breeding season, right through until October.