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Redwing gobbling hawthorn berries

Image: Nigel Blake

Many of the species of cotoneaster available in garden centres are highly invasive - some so much so that it is now illegal to plant them in the countryside or to allow them to 'escape' from your garden! 

If you'd like to attract birds to your garden with berries, better alternatives include:

  • Hawthorn
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Guelder rose
  • Firethorn (Pyracantha)