Another perk is that birds do wonders for our green spaces.
Not only can they eat thousands of insects, but finches and sparrows also help to control weed populations by eating the seed heads. Some bird species even contribute to plant pollination!
Blue tits, for instance, have been found to feed on the nectar of Fritillaria imperialis (Crown imperial) when in flower during spring. As well as this, birds in the garden can be uplifting to hear and see every day.
Research shows that watching garden birds can make people less anxious and depressed—even when not in a rural area.
If you’ve got young kids around, encouraging garden birds into your garden gives an opportunity for learning and interacting with wildlife. This can be really rewarding for them and is a good way to spend time together outside in the fresh air.