March 03, 2015Together with a friend I spent a morning photographing garden birds, from the common but beautiful robin (Erithacus rubecula) and Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea) to more elusive birds like the Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) and hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes). We saw over 18 species coming by including these strikingly coloured bramblings. It made me realise once again how much nature friendly gardening can contribute to wildlife in a densely populated country as the Netherlands. I’m constantly amazed by so many people choosing to have their little plot of land completely paved over! Convenient from a maintenance point of view perhaps, but a crying shame nonetheless... Also, your garden can look so much more attractive with flowering plants and the likes.
I’m currently working out the plan for our own backyard, and plan to write a short (photo accompanied) essay when it has taken some more shape. So far I made a gabion structure that not only provides shelter for insects and small mammals, but incorporates an insect hotel and feature a sedum overgrown ‘rooftop’. Fun to do and great to see what wildlife your efforts are attracting. There is plenty of information out there if you are looking for some basic pointers, like with the RSPB in the UK or Vroege Vogels in the Netherlands.