Bird feeders and bird tables
You can attract birds to your garden by growing the right plants. Sunflowers, antirrhinums, forget me nots and michaelmas daises will attract finches, tits and other seed eating birds if they are not cut down after flowering. Berries on hollies, rowans, cotoneasters and other trees and shrubs provide winter food for birds. A bird feeder will also attract birds to your garden in winter when their natural food supply is low. Most kitchen scraps make suitable bird food - bread, bacon rind, fat and cheese. Many birds will eat boiled potatoes and rice. Put the food out early in the day so it will be eaten by night fall. If it remains after dark, rats and mice may be attracted.