goldfinch stood on edge of bird bath

How to provide safe water for the birds

As a nation we love feeding the birds. But it’s just as important to ensure they have a safe and reliable source of fresh water says Jean Vernon.

Blue tit feeds her young in nestbox

Nesting birds

There’s a real energy in the spring garden as our feathered friends start to nest.

Nest box know-how

Spring is a great time to install a house for your feathered friends. Jean Vernon has some top tips and advice on siting a nest box in your garden.


Five common garden birds

If you are getting ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch you need to be able to identify some of your common garden birds.

blackbird eating berries from common ivy

Berries for birds

Grow some plants in the garden that bear berries to help birds through the winter. Pyracantha, ivy, holly and cotoneaster are all good choices.

waxwing eating red berries

Winter bird care

The garden is still rich in autumn fruit, seeds, nuts and berries and also insects, but competition is fierce. Here are 5 ways to help the birds over winter.

Eurasian bullfinch on branch

How to attract garden birds

As the seasons change the garden birds become more animated in our gardens. Jean Vernon suggests ways to attract more garden birds.

Are trees good for the birds?

There is something magical about watching birds feed in your own garden. But it’s not just about putting out bird food. What we grow in our gardens can be a vital lifeline too. As winter approaches there is much we can do to help wildlife get through the cold bleak months.

allium seed heads

How can I save money on plants?

Geoff Hodge shares some hints and tips to make more of your garden plants and save some money by growing something for nothing – or just about!

How can I garden more naturally?

Jean Vernon suggests a few ways to garden more gently, lessening your impact on the planet and its precious resources

Blackbird with rowan berries

Winter food for birds

The garden birds aren’t just pretty to look at, they are a vital weapon in the gardener’s war on pests.

Christmas gifts for gardeners

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a gardener? Jean Vernon suggests some seasonal presents ideal for gardening loved-ones.

three blue tits on top of hanging suet feeder

Five ways to feed the birds

Feeding the birds brings your garden alive, adding a delightful, animated and colourful dimension to your garden, says Jean Vernon.

Garden highlights of a decade at Driftwood

As we enter the 2020’s, we reveal some of Geoff Stonebanks gardening highlights over the last 10 years and take a look at some of his aspirations for the coming decade!

robin stood on fence post

Robins in the garden

In the depths of winter the gardener’s friend, the robin becomes the star of the garden.

What’s so festive about holly and ivy?

Jean Vernon extols the virtues of the winter evergreens holly and ivy explores some of the myths and legends that relate to some of these seasonal plants


Treating the garden birds

Feeding the birds can add a wonderful dimension to your garden. These delightful creatures will feed, bathe, dance and roost in your trees and shrubs filling your world with their beauty, grace and antics.

Wild teasel

Five plants to attract birds

Garden birds need all year round support. You can create a beautiful garden full of fantastic plants that not only look good but feed the birds too.

Where can I taste mulberries?

What’s red in tooth and paw? Vicki Cooke unearths and explores the myth and magic of mulberries

Birds literally flock to my garden

Watching the garden birds is a wonderful way to lift your spirits at any time of year. Michele Green invites us into her garden.

Top Rated Bird Food

If you’re looking for top rated bird food, you’ve come to the right place. Richard Jackson High Energy Bird Food supplies everything that your garden birds need, all year round.

Christmas trees for the birds

Geoff Stonebanks has created a lovely Christmas tree for the birds and a home made wreath inspired by what he has found in the house and garden.

tawny owl

Owls in the garden

Gardens close to woodlands and countryside can offer ideal sites for owl boxes says Wildlife World expert Chantal Brown.

dahlias and agastache

Extend the season

There’s an autumnal feel in the air, but that doesn’t mean summer is over. Jean Vernon chooses a few plants that will keep the season going for a longer lasting display.


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