The Ladybirds and the Bees. And the Birds.

I don’t get birds in my garden.

There are birds all around – in the big trees across the road, in the garden of the house behind mine, down by the canal just a stone’s throw away. But in my garden? Nothing. Nada. Nowt.

So – I gave up on the birds. I decided to encourage insects instead, in the hope that the birds would come for the insects…

I have a bee hotel. I’ve left a patch of grass to grow long. I’ve provided shelter and I’ve provided water. I’m not in too much of a hurry to pull up the flowering weeds.

It seems to have worked – I’ve got ladybirds on my clematis, worms in the soil, I’ve seen bees and butterflies and moths. There was a lacewing on the shed.

And I found this creature – no idea what it was. It looks quite fearsome, not a beast to be messed with. Turns out it’s a ladybird larva. Who knew!! To be honest, I’d never really considered where ladybirds come from – I knew all about the lifecycle of the butterfly and the frog, but ladybirds were sadly lacking from my education.

But – have the birds come?

Have they??

Well, as it happens – yes!!

Not in huge numbers – but I had a female blackbird coming for grubs, back and forth day after day. That was lovely.

A couple of goldcrests passed by, and I’ve seen a coal tit and a blue tit.

I decided it was time to reinstate the bird feeder. I’d got rid of it because I was tired of wasting money on bird seed that was getting thrown out because it was mouldy. But – if the birds are nearby then I need to encourage them.

I’ve invested in a little feeding station – a couple of hooks for feeders, and a couple of trays for water and so on.

There’s a sparrow that comes down to feed, and a couple of wood pigeons from the trees opposite. It’s not a lot, but it’s a start. Maybe the others are being scared off by the fearsome creature lurking on the clematis…

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheila says:

    How lovely to have insects and now birds coming in your garden. I regularly get starlings
    ( noisy little beggars!), goldfinch, blackbirds, blue tits, coal tits, robins and the inevitable pigeons and collared doves.
    Sadly a sparrow hawk has spotted pigeons in my garden and two have been attacked, in the last couple of weeks, leaving only feathers all over my lawn.
    I volunteer with the Wildlife Trust, and a couple of other conservation groups, so have a love of nature and any creatures ( even spiders now, which used to make me run a mile!)
    Enjoy your garden.

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    1. Oh, that sounds lovely. I’ve had gardens in the past that attracted a lot of wildlife, but sadly not this one. But I’m working on it!!


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