image

Winter feeding tips for the birds in your garden

Birds need the same things in winter as they do in summer even though their eating habits and patterns might change.

Help your local wildlife thrive even in winter by taking the time to incorporate some winter feeding tips into your routine.

Notice your wildlife

Different types of birds prefer different foods, so take the time to notice who frequently visits your garden and then vary their diet accordingly. Tits like fat, while sparrows and finches will continue to prefer seeds. Birds like thrushes and robins like fruit and worms. Starlings will eat most foods.

Use your Christmas leftovers

Some of your leftovers from Christmas also work well for birds in the garden. Items like apples and pears that are past their best are perfect for birds, as are small pieces of fruit cake, and even mince pies. Unsalted nuts will also be welcome. For birds like wrens and dunnocks, try sprinkling some grated mild cheese under trees and bushes.

But avoid turkey fat

While many birds like fat, leftover Turkey fat from your Christmas lunch can be harmful. The soft fat will stick to their feathers, which will get in the way of them staying warm and dry.

Go little by little

Only lay out food enough that can reasonably be eaten in a day – otherwise you’ll also end up encouraging unwanted visitors like rats. Regularly refilling bird feeders and putting out leftovers is the best way to look after your local wildlife.

Don’t forget water

Even in freezing temperatures birds still need to bathe themselves each day, but access to water can be harder for them to find in the coldest winter months when small ponds and bird baths freeze over. A saucer of water – even water in an upturned bin lid! – can provide them with what they need.

The following two tabs change content below.

The Press Association

News from the Press Association - the national news agency for the UK and Ireland

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
MrsPat
18th Dec 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
Some good tips here-we always have garden seeds for our birds

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!