We made sure they had a good supply of live food left nearby, and from what we saw, the parents were more than happy to feed their family on them. More usual insect food was also being gathered from the nearby trees and shrubs, which meant that our brood bucked the trend, as it would seem that blue tits haven't had the best of breeding seasons. With spring being late, the hoped-for glut of caterpillars and other insects didn't coincide with the hatching of the young blue tits. As a result, numbers are apparently significantly down this year. We can't be sure that allowing the garden to go 'free range' helped out blue tits, or if the feeding of live food as well as our usual range of seed mixes, has helped our birds to thrive while others haven't, but I'm sure it can only have helped. With this in mind, it is good to read that a number of councils around the country are looking to reduce the number of cuts they make to verges etc. More need to get on board with this idea as it can only be good news for our wildlife. So although it may seem wrong, and you might even get a little twitchy when you walk past the mower in the shed, it might be worth giving the grass a miss a bit more often in future.
No mow May