A woman filling a bird feeder in a garden

Top tips to help you connect with nature

Whatever is going on in our own lives, take some re-assurance that the natural world around us will continue to go about it’s business as usual. No matter what the season, there’s always something to watch or listen, if you just stop and look for it. Research has found that even having a basic connection with nature such as feeding garden birds has a positive impact on our mental well-being. It’s so important we look after our mental health, as well as physical health, and just having that connection with the wildlife on our doorstep can be a great starting point.

There’s a number of ways you can engage with your natural surroundings and be in touch with nature, and it doesn't matter where you live either! Whether that be in your garden, local area, balcony, through a window or even by using technology, there’s a world of wildlife at everyone's fingertips. It’s often thought garden wildlife only visit big country gardens, but in fact anyone can get wildlife to visit their garden, even if you only have a balcony or window.

A young girl adding peanut butter to a Wexford Slate Peanut Butter Feeder

To start with why not place a bird feeder or two in your garden to help get birds to visit. With a feeder in place you’re more likely to attract birds who will then visit you more often in as they will come to know your patch as a feeding area. If space is tight and you’ve not got room outside for a feeder why not place one on a window, not only are they ideal space savers but you also get a close up view of the birds - take a look at our feeders section as we have a range of window feeders to suit your needs. Feeding the birds will not only bring you structure to your day plus positivity and enjoyment, but you’ll also be doing your bit to help your local wildlife- a real feel good factor all round!

During the Spring months, and from a safe distance or window, why not sit and watch your garden birds to see if they are showing any signs of nesting nearby. See if you can spot them searching for or carrying nesting materials in their beak, they’ll be making a number of journeys back and forth while they build their nest. If you have a bird feeding station you may also notice parent birds going back and forth with foods for the young chicks, they’ll be particularly fond of mealworms. If you have a suitable site for a nest box in your garden or outdoor area then we have a variety available, and the feeling when you see a bird checking out your new box is thrilling. It really is fascinating to just sit and watch wildlife go about it’s business, and a welcome break from the computer or mobile phone screen.

The best time to fill up your bird feeders is during the day, try and avoid disturbing bird feeders at the start or end of the day as birds will either be re-fuelling after the night, or preparing for the night ahead.

Our 24/7 live webcams will be available for next year's breeding season, allowing you to check in on a range of bird species from the comfort of your own home including owls, peregrines, storks, garden birds and many more. You’ll get a birds eye view of all the nesting and rearing routines of some fascinating species, it really is amazing to watch. The cameras are equipped with night vision so you can check in on our webcam stars at any hou, with highlights, providing families, parents, children and teachers with some captivating and educational resources.

Social media platforms are great places to meet like minded people, share your photos and make new friends. Join our online community and say hi by giving us a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we love seeing all your garden wildlife photos and hearing from you!

Bees on yellow flowers

Start from the ground up

Wildlife gardens need wildlife-friendly native plants to create the enviroment where nature thrives.

Get planting
A chaffinch eating from a seed feeder

Everyone can feed the birds

A first easy step to take in your wildlife garden journey is just to add a bird feeder and some nutritious food.

Feeders for all
A hedgehog outside of a hedgehog house

All creatures great and small

With a little help, your garden can be home to an amazing collection of species.

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