Friday, 10 August 2012

Hard to say goodbye

How many Sparrows?
When we moved home 11 years ago, our garden was of little interest to wildlife; no pond, nowhere to nest, no wild flowers, no nest boxes, no bird table, and few birds.

Some strategically planted Ivy (Hedera Helix) and Clematis (Montana Rubens), was the big step in creating nesting habitat, cover and food.

For those who worry about Ivy damaging their homes, think again - it protects! Read this article.

As we box our possessions for moving to our new home, it's not without a worry for the garden inhabitants. The new owners have small children (goodbye pond), a fear of nature (splat), and commented negatively about the climbers (evictions inevitable).

The only consolation is that our new home is crying out for a nature makeover. And with Barn Owls, Little Owls, and Tree Sparrows as garden visitors, I think a few nest boxes, climbers, and a pond will make some interesting species quite at home.

1 comment:

  1. We had exactly the same scenario about 10 years ago but i convinced the neighbour to let the shrubbery and front hedges get "a little out of hand" and between us have a thriving flock of House Sparrows. Dont get much else due to our location but enjoy seeing these little beauts everyday and the neighbour loves them. They all need all the help we can give them and cograts on a job well done. Looking forward to your blogs hopefully from your new abode. Sounds exciting.