One of the best actions I took to attract and support garden birds when I first moved to my current house over 20 years ago was to establish several small trees in the garden. Not just any trees I tried to ensure that as far as I could I used native species that I thought would be most beneficial for the birds I hoped to attract. Most gardens will support at least one small tree and many, even newer properties where space may be at more of a premium, have the space for more than one. I frequently read posts on bird-related groups such as GardenBird VIP asking what trees are suitable for birds in a garden so I thought I’d share some of my sightings and how they relate to the trees I planted.
I guess I’m lucky enough to have had the space for several trees so in no particular order I managed to squeeze in a Hazel, two Mallows, two Willows, two Rowans, one Sycamore and a Silver Birch.
Twenty years after planting most of these are mature and doing the job I hoped they would. The garden is a much shadier and less open place than it was originally and with the open central lawn surrounded by trees is similar to woodland edge habitat that can be so productive in the wild.