One of the favourite things I've done as part of the makeover is invited the locals birds into the garden. I got the idea after a visit to Hardwick Hall. In their visitor centre they have a huge glass window overlooking several bird tables and feeders, I once lost a good 30 minutes just watching them!
First of all I added these bird boxes to the fence. These were just £2.99 each and complimented the insect boxes I had already installed. The shabby chic styling also complimented the vintage-esque and country feel I was going for. I added three in total, one either side of the insect boxes to provide symmetry and balance (one of these ended up being close to the tree) and an additional box on the opposite side of the tree.
To be totally honest, initially these were installed purely for decoration purposes. In my experience, most birds completely shun bird boxes in small urban gardens unless you place them deep into a tree, which whilst it provides a great little home, kind of defeats the aim of being able to view our feathered friends.
I had also been contemplating adding a bird table to the garden, however I have found that unless you spend a decent amount of money they have a tendency to be blown over and broken in adverse weather, and given my garden isn't huge I didn't really have a place I could dedicate to one either. This is where the bird boxes really came into their own. I took medium sized cup hooks and screwed them into the centre of the bottom of the boxes, providing a hanger for bird feeders. (see pictured below)
I also purchased the bird feeders from B&M. I bought four in total (probably overkill I know!), 2 suet ball feeders, 1 seed feeder and 1 peanut feeder. These were priced at £2.99 each or 2 for £5. It took a little while for the birds to use them, in fact I was almost at the point of thinking I had purchased some bird feeder decorations when the birds decended! Since installing I've been visited by House Sparrows, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbirds, Wood Pigeons, Starlings, Collared Doves and Magpies. The far corner of the garden is now thriving with activity most days and I love to sit at the garden table with a brew and watch them on a lazy morning. The Starlings are good fun to listen to due to their tendancy to mimic, one of my visitors makes the sound of a text message, another of a phone ringing, and another of a car alarm!