We have lots of trees and bushes in the garden which hopefully provide shelter, food and nesting sites for the birds. The border next to the vegetable garden has been planted with a good number of berry bearing shrubs and trees. As we have now decided to start naming our different planted areas rather than just waving in the approximate direction of them, we call it our ‘ Berry Border’! How original is that?

At this time of year the Crab Apples, Cotoneaster, Viburnum opulus, Leycesteria (pheasant berry) all provide berries. We also have fruiting ivy, pyracantha and hawthorn in other parts of the garden, which will all do their bit to keep the birds happy.

The RSPB site has lots of information about these and other plants which attract birds into the garden.