Feeding birds is a very popular activity in the UK, over half of adults say they feed the birds that visit their gardens. This is of course not only brilliant for the birds as it ensures they get a healthy supply of food all year round but it can also bring a some joy when you look at your window and see the variety of birds visiting your garden enjoying their morning feed.
Now the colder months have started it is even more important for birds that they get that extra help with feed, so in this weeks blog we are looking at ways to feed the birds in your garden and a few do’s and don’t when doing so.
Bird tables are available in all different shapes and sizes, they are perfect for smaller and medium birds. A great advantage of using bird tables is it decreases the chance of bird feed falling all over your patio which in the winter weather can become very messy, soggy and generally unsightly. You will still get some feed on the floor where birds may have knocked it off the tables or drop it when flying off but you will see a lot less then if you just scatted it on the floor.
Another big advantage of bird tables is the protection from predators they offer. Household cats account for millions of bird deaths every year, even if a cat is wearing a collar with bells on they are still able to prey on birds that are feeding from the floor therefore a bird table can give them that extra fighting chance to get away from cats!
Using wire cages to hold fat blocks is another good technique for feeding birds, again it gives the extra height advantage for the birds and is also good for birds such as woodpeckers. When using hanging bird feeders try to avoid plastic nets as birds can get caught in these. You could even try creating your own fat blocks by melting suet into moulds such as coconut shells.
Birds are not the only wildlife you might see in your garden over the next few months, if you’re lucky you may also see hedgehogs appear in your garden. Hedgehogs will eat tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) so try leaving a plate of this in your garden and see if you get any coming into your garden this year.
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