As the days get shorter and cooler, summer migrants will depart our shores, and resident birds will be joined by winter visitors from the far north and east.
They come for the mild climate and abundance of food, before returning to their breeding grounds in spring. Our wetlands in particular become alive again as we welcome back ducks, geese, swans, and wading birds.
When the temperature drops, gardens may attract some typical country birds who come in search of food and shelter. And some garden favourites like tits, robins, blackbirds, and starlings may be visitors from Eastern Europe rather than resident birds.
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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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