When the days get longer and warmer, winter visitors will depart our shores, and resident birds will be joined by summer migrants returning to their breeding grounds from places like Africa.
After arriving in spring, they’ll spend their time finding mates, building their nests, and raising the next generation of chicks. Birds are at their most active at this time of year and can be heard singing early in the morning or spotted darting about in search of insects for their babies.
As spring turns to summer, it’s not unusual for birds to disappear for a few weeks while they moult and replenish their energy in readiness for the long journey back south again.
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Create a haven for birds and wildlife in your garden. With natural habitats such as farmland and woodland declining, the space you provide for birds could be vital for their survival.
Some well-chosen plants, a variety of feeders, and somewhere for them to drink and splash about will attract lots of different species of birds.
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