Winter is a fantastic time to see birds in your garden as they forage for food. To ensure we keep seeing these beautiful wild animals, why not help our feathered friends out by providing them with a helping hand where food is concerned?
Providing birds with supplementary food will bring them closer for you to marvel at their fascinating behaviour and wonderful colours. It will also reward them for sharing their lives with you. Feeding birds is also an ideal way to enthuse children about wildlife.
Birds lose a lot of weight overnight in cold weather, and in freezing conditions small birds, such as robins and wrens are particularly vulnerable with a lack of food causing death even to a healthy bird in just a few hours.
We recommend the following tips:
- Different species eat different things. Sparrows and finches like seeds; tits like fat; and thrushes and robins like fruit and worms. And starlings will eat just about anything
- Birds need high fat foods during the colder months to give them energy and help them survive the colder nights. Bird cakes made from fat or suet balls are ideal for providing high fat food to birds.
- If you want to have a variety of birds, you need a variety of seeds. You can buy it pre-mixed or mix your own. Always include sunflower seeds as nearly all birds like those. Some birds also like suet, which gives birds the extra heat and energy they need to fly well.
- Keep water in bird baths unfrozen. Birds need to drink and bathe every day – even when it’s really cold outside.
- Only put out what will get eaten during the day. This is important if you want to avoid unwanted visitors like rats.
- Dirty bird feeders and bird tables can help spread diseases. Make sure you clean them regularly to keep your visitors healthy and happy. And always wash your hands after feeding the birds!
- ..and don’t forget that a plentiful supply of clean, fresh water is crucial
Why not view our range of Wild Bird Feed to help keep birds fed and alive during these wintry days.