Feeding birds is one of the most helpful things you can do for our feathered friends – it makes a big difference to their survival, especially as food shortages can occur at any time of the year.
Providing quality feed will not only encourage a variety of birds into your garden, giving them essential energy and nutrients, but also makes it easier for you to watch and enjoy them too.
Bird experts recommend feeding birds all year round to ensure there is food available, especially during colder months, with dawn and dusk the key times of day for birds to feed.
Feeders in gardens, outdoor spaces and balconies can provide a safe place for birds to enjoy food and water. The ideal bird feeder is robust enough to withstand cold weather spells, quick to assemble and easy to keep clean.
Put out a good mixed feed in feeders to ensure you cater for the tastes and nutritional needs of a variety of birds. A vast range of seed mixes are available, differing in content and quality.
Cheap mixes often have a high proportion of cereal and attract pigeons. Better quality mixes are lower in cereal content and carefully balanced to cater for a range of species. A high-quality universal wild bird feed will be filled with sunflower kernels, peanut bites, oats and crushed wheat - suitable for many birds, from blackbirds to wrens.
Remember not to overfill your feeder – putting out enough food for a day’s feed will ensure you avoid unwanted visitors, such as rats or squirrels, and will stop feed going mouldy. Keep your feeder clean too – it will prevent a build-up of bacteria or fungal spores, as well as preventing wear and tear.