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Birds can be seen as unwelcome visitors to the edible garden, says Julie Moore, but they can play an important part in a balanced ecosystem, so don’t be reluctant to invite them in

We never seem to grumble about wild visitors such as ladybirds or hedgehogs to our plots. But when it comes to birds, we’ve all had a moan about the wood pigeons ripping the brassicas to pieces, jays feasting on tomatoes or blackbirds helping themselves to raspberries. Birds aren’t actually all that bad and can play a vital role in your plot’s ecosystem – it’s all about achieving a careful balance.

As avid pest controllers, demolishing everything from snails to aphids and as consumers of windfall fruit, helping to break the lifecycle of damaging insects and also diseases, the spores of which may overwinter in the decaying fruit, birds can bring joy to the plot on even the dullest day; it’s impossible not to have your spirits lifted hearing a robin sing on a cold winter’s day!

Blue tit flying from nest box
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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: Future-Proofing at Ferris Farm Gaby Bartai meets a gardener who is creating a vegetable plot that can rise above future health challenges. Veg of the Month - Parsnips KG editor Steve Ott loves parsnips and brings you his top tips for success. Safe and Secure Upgrade your garden security with some 21st century products, says KG editor Steve Ott. And much more!