Woodside is surrounded by trees and so the garden is visited by an impressive number of wild birds, which can be observed at close quarters at the window feeders of the café. We see blue tits, great tits, coal tits, chaffinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, goldfinch, sparrows, dunnocks, siskins, blackbirds, wrens, nuthatch and greater spotted woodpeckers feeding close to the window. (Did I miss anything?)
In December 2012 we were overjoyed to play host to a flock of waxwings which stayed long enough to strip all the berries off the cotoneaster in the RSPB Homes for Wildlife garden. They in turn attracted a large flock of keen birdwatchers and photographers, who were very welcome!
For the last 3 years we have been lucky enough to have nuthatches nesting in the garden. Even better, we have had a camera in the nest box and our customers have watched their nest building, egg laying, hatching and fledging.
Unfortunately, we have only 2 bird viewing tables in the café and demand for these is fierce! So our friends from the local group of the RSPB have built a lovely wildlife garden in the south west corner of the walled garden. With funding from “Awards for All”, the garden is designed to show how easy it is to attract wildlife to your own garden. Now a good variety of birds and invertebrates visit the garden and pond, and it is home to a thriving population of newts.
The RSPB use our old shop to use as an information and viewing centre, and to let you get a close view, we have wired the garden for cameras to show you more nesting and feeding birds.
This garden is the only RSPB garden of its kind in the whole of Scotland (and probably in England and Wales too!), and what’s more its completely free for you to come along and enjoy.
We hope you’ll visit often and watch this garden mature over time. Of course, gardens don’t look after themselves, so the local group of the RSPB regularly come along to carry out garden maintenance. If you would like to help as a volunteer in the Woodside RSPB Homes for Wildlife Garden, just email the local group leaders on firstname.lastname@example.org as they are always delighted to hear from new volunteers. It doesn’t matter if you can only spare a couple of hours a month, and you don’t have to be a member of the RSPB to help.
Gardening for wildlife using a mixture of native and non-native plants is one of my passions, and I regularly do talks on wildlife gardening. If you would like to book me to talk to a local group then email me on email@example.com