National Bird Week
National Bird Week 2015 takes place between Monday 19 October and Sunday 25 October.
The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when 28 October was first designated by our predecessor, the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first ‘Bird Day’. BirdLife Australia organises and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.
At HideAway Haven we have 45 different varieties of birds. We have created a bird habitat through planting and providing water. We avoided the use of poisons in our garden which increases the number of insects available to our birds.
When we planted our garden we chose a mix of plants that provided a complex vertical structure from the ground up; ground covers such as grasses and ferns, small shrubs, tall shrubs and a couple of trees. Lots of layers means lots of different places for different birds to use.
We ensured we had different plants flowering/fruiting/seeding throughout the year so there is always something happening.
Some species we have planted:
Banksias: nectar and shelter
Banksias produce lots of nectar and they also have many inflorescences (flowers) inside the shrub, helping to shelter birds while they feed. In addition, if you observe banksias in the bush you will notice that they are usually part of a thicket of other plant species that afford protection to the birds. The flowers also attract insects.
Acacias: seeds, insects and shelter
Acacias are commonly known as wattles. Many of the wattles provide excellent cover for birds as well as providing food in the form of seeds or insects. Some wattles grow quickly into small to medium sized trees, but there are several others that grow between 3 m - 5 m and others that grow to only a small size.
Callistemons: shelter, insects, nesting materials
Callistemons are commonly known as bottlebrushes.
Correas typically have bell-shaped flowers and attract honeyeaters and other nectar-feeders. Suitable species include:
Leptospermums: shelter, insects, nesting materials
Leptospermums are commonly known as tea trees.
Melaleucas: shelter, insects,nesting sites, nesting materials.
Melaleucas are commonly known as 'honey myrtles'. Suitable species include:Grasses, reeds & sedges: seeds, nesting material
Grasses, reeds & sedges: seeds, nesting material
All our plants have come from our local nursery Ardess Nursery where they educate, inspire and assist their customers to preserve, manage and develop their lands, yards and gardens to benefit native wildlife and to promote public awareness of the interrelationships of all living things. Thank you Ardess for our beautiful Award Winning Garden.