Birdlife in the Garden
Freelance ecologist Tania Anderson designs ecological gardens. She designed and planted the vertical garden at House Miller in Parktown North, Johannesburg. This green wall garden is entirely south facing. The plants were chosen by the designer with input from the client to suit the shady aspect and attract insects and birds.
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Watching garden birds in your own back yard can be very rewarding, particularly if you landscape your garden to include an open area to attract birds and other garden wildlife.
Bird enthusiasts are always looking for ways to attract birds to the garden. One can do this by creating an Exclusion zone made up of South African Indigenous Plants. Birds will be attracted to a garden that provides for their needs, but will stay for longer if they feel safe and not vulnerable.
The best way to create a small bird friendly garden is simply to give the birds what they need… places to feed, nest, rest and breed. If you design a garden around these requirements, using indigenous food-bearing plants, birds will flock to your garden.
Birds will visit even the smallest gardens, provided that these basic needs are catered for. In other words, you need to create a great habitat (a place that can provide for all these needs).
Over 156 species of South African birds live here or visit Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, but sometimes they’re so difficult to spot!
We love these 5 helpful bird watching tips from an expert birder:
Happy First Day of Spring! Come and soak up the splendour that explodes from the nursery at this time of year. With such an amazing diversity of plants indigenous to South Africa, we are truly spoilt for choice.
Spring has greeted us dramatically at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery this year. The lovely cold snap of weather at the end of winter has emphasised the welcome warm sunshine of the beginning of spring.
After 25 years of restoring a section of disturbed grassland at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, I am so excited that Prof. Braam van Wyk will be leading a walk through this beloved part of my farm in October.
I have been fascinated and delighted by how the grassland ecology has increased in complexity since we have restored this piece of land.
Braam’s passion for bringing botany and ecology to the public in an understandable and interesting manner made him my first choice to lead this special walk.
Random Harvest Nursery has been in business for 25 years in October this year!
Our message stays constant – live sustainably and always include indigenous plants to make your garden wildlife friendly.
Some fun activities have been planned to celebrate our anniversary. All events and exhibitions tie in with our commitment to caring for the environment and delighting in its beauty. Here is a brief summary of what’s on in October at Random Harvest.
At Random Harvest we have an amazing number of birds resident or regularly visiting us. I believe this is because we have so many different types of habitat here on the farm.
We have planted a big variety of indigenous plants. The way they are planted and the variety help create the habitat that the numerous species of birds use.
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