Shrubs for birds' nests/cover
I am currently trying to plan which plants to buy for our garden - it is being dug over in a couple of weeks and we'll be starting from scratch with a blank canvas.
We're going to have a pond, rockery and wildflower area, with plenty of honeysuckle, clematis and jasmine climbers dotted around the garden too. I would like to provide at least one shrub in this area that's good cover for the birds. Unfortunately we haven't got quite enough room to incorporate my initial plan to have a native hedge as screening - I was hoping to use hawthorn and blackthorn for that.
I am going to plant a couple of viburnums as I know these provide berries for the birds, but would like recommendations for a good cover shrub, that birds could potentially use to nest in as well. We have got a dog so ideally something that isn't razor sharp. My preference for all of the shrubs I'm including is that they flower (for the bees/butterflies) and provide berries for the birds too. We don't really have room for a tree. The pond area is South facing, and the opposite side where we are also thinking of having shrubs is North facing - so recommendations for both sites would be great.
Thanks for any advice,