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Bird-friendly School Ground – Clothing Building Walls
Plants besides buildings can provide food, photo of wren by John Carey
Plants beside buildings can provide shelter, food as well as nesting opportunities for birds thus you can help them adding plants next to or on your school building(s).
Climbing hydrangea, ivy and Virginia creeper cling to walls using “suckers”. However e.g clematis and honeysuckle (caution, poisonous berries) need something to twine around. If this seems likely to damage the pipe or block drains, you can fix trellis, netting or wire to the wall. The nectar rich flowers of hydrangea, ivy and honey suckle attract insects but during different seasons. Ivy and honeysuckle berries also attract birds, again at different times. Non-climbers, such as cotoneaster, pyracantha and crab apple grown against a wall provide food for birds. Once established, plants become good places for wrens, robins, song trushes, pied wagtails and flycatchers to nest. Plants beside buildings can provide valuable shelter and food – either berries or insects. These plants are key to a bird-friendly building. These plants are key to a bird-friendly building. Make sure that planting complies with any local security policies.