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margwmargw Posts: 5
I am in a new build with a garage wall facing south and another on the east side. I want to disguise/break up the view and also encourage birds as after two years of putting out good I am only just getting a blackbird visiting, I don’t count the pigeon that’s always here. Any suggestions?

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,218
    You will need to plant some shrubs plus a small tree if possible so the birds have somewhere to hide if they need to. A mix of evergreen and deciduous flowering bushes, perhaps with berries, would be good.  If you have children/pets, beware of any toxic plants.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,910
    edited February 2020
    Try swapping to sunflower seeds, put a small pond or other water source - a washing up bucket with stones in will do. Some kind of dense shrubs will encourage small birds to feel safe while feeding. Try putting up a trellis against the walls and growing pollinator friendly things up it. There are lots of GW tips here.

  • margwmargw Posts: 5
    Thank you both. I never thought of using a small bucket as a pond, I’ll definitely include one somewhere. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,910
    Just make sure there are rocks or bricks somewhere in the water so bugs and birds can land near the water to drink. You can sink the bucket in a hole in the ground, if you're feeling posh.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,571
    Fire said:
    Try swapping to sunflower seeds, put a small pond or other water source - a washing up bucket with stones in will do. Some kind of dense shrubs will encourage small birds to feel safe while feeding. Try putting up a trellis against the walls and growing pollinator friendly things up it. There are lots of GW tips here.

    Only fix trellis to walls you either own, or have the owner's permission. 
    Devon.
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