Over the years, we have done everything possible to encourage smal
birds into our garden with suitable plants for cover and nesting and w
have been rewarded with ever increasing numbers.
This year, for the first time we have had a problem with blackbird
digging up patio planters. They started doing it when the planters wer
fairly bare but have continued to do it now that they are fully planted
causing smaller plants to be uprooted. It is blackbirds - we hav
watched them doing it!
We have tried proprietary sprays that are supposed to discourage bird
with no effect. We have tried some physical barriers (mesh/spikes) bu
they tend not to be too attractive in planters.
Any suggestions welcome. We do not want to clear birds from our garden
we just want to prevent them disturbing plants and causing mess (th
earth gets scattered everywhere out of the planters). Anyone kno
anything that works and is available in the UK