One way to get even more enjoyment out of your green space is to encourage birds and other wildlife to move in (and you’re supporting the local ecosystem at the same time)!
A good rule of thumb is to opt for native tree/shrub varieties, as these will be most supportive to local species. But if you need a little more direction, here’s a handy list of some of the best trees for attracting birds to your garden:
- Crabapple: known for their tart fruit, these trees are some of the best for bird-lovers! Most birds prefer the apples slightly softened, so will often wait until there have been a few freezing periods before they start eating these. The fruit also lasts well into winter, providing a welcome food source for our feathered friends.
- Conifers: popular for their seeds rather than berries, many fir trees are a top choice of birds such as chickadees and grosbeaks. They also provide much-needed shelter for birds and mammals throughout the year, making them an ideal choice for nesting birds too!
- Dogwood: this tree is a win-win: we get a beautiful flower display in Spring, and the birds get a berry-feast from Fall all the way into Winter! Plant one near your window to take advantage of the show year-round.
- Elderberry: elderberry is a great choice for attracting a variety of birds such as hummingbirds, thrushes, sparrows, woodpeckers, jays and orioles.