What trees are best for birds?

Birdsong is the best thing about nature. It is the dawn chorus that wakes you up in the morning and the chitter chatter that keeps you awake throughout the day. It is fascinating to watch birds go about their day from your window. You can see more of your feathered friends from your garden. Learn how to attract birds to your garden by choosing the right trees. Bark and Branch tree surgeons in Manchester are experts in vegetation management from trees to the most invasive weevils. All our tree surgery, site clearing, the control of invasive weeds and vegetation work is done with pride. We are dedicated to providing excellent customer service and professionalism from the beginning to the final.

Holly (Ilex Aquifolium)

Red holly berries, which are juicy and sweet, are an excellent winter food source for song thrushes as well as blackbirds, fieldfares, redwings, and other birds.

Only female holly trees can produce berries. A male plant must be nearby to help them pollinate.

Holly is a great choice for smaller gardens. It can grow up to 15m with a spread of 4-8 meters. It provides shelter and protection to birds and is also the food plant for the first generation of holly blue butterflies. Holly is a favorite food for 36 insect species.

Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia).

The pretty mountain ash tree Rowan, also known as mountain ash, has pinnate leaves. In the late summer, stunning red or bright pink berries emerge from its beautiful spring blooms.

Some species of rowan can grow up to four metres high, while others can reach eight metres. Some species may grow taller than others, so be aware of what species you plant if space is limited.

Summer berries are loved by blackbirds, thrushes and robins. You may also attract starlings to your garden. 160 species of insects have been documented as eating the rowan tree. This is a popular spot for aphids, sawflies and young birds.

Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)

The beautiful spring blossoms of the crab apple tree are pink or white. It is a great addition to any garden, and can be grown in smaller spaces.

Birds love the autumn apple-like fruits. Some are green and some are orange-red.

The blossom attracts bees very well. The crab apple is home to over 90 species of insects, which provides abundant food for birds.

Hawthorn (Crataegus mongyna).

Hawthorn, also known as the May tree in the UK, is one of the most wildlife-friendly trees.

The tree’s spring flowers are sweetly scented and produce pale pink or white flowers. Later, they fade to produce clusters reddish-colored hawberries. This is a favorite of redwings, blackbirds, fieldfares (chaffinches), starlings, greenfinches, and redwings.

The leaves are a favorite food source for many species of moth caterpillars. The hawthorn tree is a favorite of birds due to its prickly appearance and shelter.

Birch (Betula spp)

A large garden is necessary to house a birch tree. They can reach up to 25m in height and have a spread of 12 meters.

The beautiful catkins are the spring blossom of the Birch tree. They then go on to produce a lot of seeds in the autumn.

The birch tree is home to 521 species invertebrates. These attractive seeds and their prolific nature are attractive to many birds, including the tree pipit, siskin, willow warbler and other unusual species. You may hear the woodpecker drilling away for tasty insects if you listen carefully.

Take care of your trees

Now that you are familiar with the best trees for birds to attract, it is time to learn how to plant and care for your trees.

These guides will help you understand the benefits of planting trees, how to plant them, and how to care and maintain newly planted saplings and saplings.

Our experts are happy to provide bespoke advice if you feel that you would benefit from professional assistance in caring for your tree. The more healthy your trees are, the more birds they will attract to your garden.