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During March, you will begin to see tiny warblers such as chiffchaffs and willow warblers return to the UK from their wintering grounds in Africa. Although they can be difficult to spot you may hear them singing in hedgerows and thickets.

Seedlings

You should also see robins, sparrows and blackbirds flying across your garden with twigs and leaves that they're using to build their nests. Help them out and supply them with nesting material by tying up tiny twigs, dried moss and other plant material and leaving it near your feeders. You could also buy nesting wool in special hangers that you can put out for your garden birds.

If you haven't done so already, put out some nest boxes for your birds. Choose a spot that is sheltered from wind and rain and make sure it is not easily accessible to predators such as squirrels who will reach in and take the tiny fledglings. Although they are available, combined nest boxes and bird tables are not popular with wild birds and can be unhygienic.

Keep your feeders topped up but make sure you don't put out peanuts or large chunks of food as baby birds can choke on them. Instead choose wild bird seed mixes, black sunflower seeds, mild grated cheese, soaked raisins and currants, oatmeal, apples, pears and other soft fresh fruit. You can also buy mealworms and waxworms which adult birds will feed to their chicks, and fat balls for energy that is essential for parents.

Choose a variety of feeders to attract different species of birds. Bird tables will attract robins, sparrows, doves, finches and bramblings. Food scattered on the ground or in ground feeders will attract blackbirds, thrushes, dunnocks, fieldfares and redwinds and hanging feeders will attract tits.

Bird baths will continue to attract birds as natural supplies may still be frozen over particularly in the north of the country so ensure yours are clean and topped up with water.

March is a good month to plant as the soil begins to warm up and plants are still largely dormant and won't mind being moved. If you have the space you could plant a shrub or group of shrubs to attract birds throughout the year. Evergreen hedges such as holly will provide shelter for birds and berries for them to eat in the autumn and winter. while nectar-rich flowers such as those of buddleia and honeysuckle will attract flying insects as a source of natural food.

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