It is recommended by a number of leading wild bird care authorities that we should feed the wild birds in our gardens all year round. However, as winter creeps nearer, a covering of snow or hard frosty ground and the lack of naturally found food sources can make it almost impossible for our garden birds to find the precious calories they need. The wild bird food we provide, during the run up to the cooler months and during deep winter itself, can be a real life saver for many wild bird species, helping them to build up their reserves and survive the long, cold nights. When the weather is severe you may need to top up your bird feeders with nutritious, calorie-rich wild bird foods twice a day if you can, or when your bird feeders become low on wild bird foods.
Wild birds need high-energy, calorie-rich wild bird foods at this time of year to help maintain their fat reserves and survive the bitterly cold nights. The smaller the bird species, the harder they find it to hold on to these previous reserves. By offering a regular supply of wild bird foods such as quality peanuts, sunflower hearts, high-energy wild bird seed blends such as our Goldencrest or Golden Feather mixes, moist suet pellets, suet balls or suet blocks and dried or live feeds such as mealworms and waxworms, you can help them maintain condition.
As natural sources of fresh water can become frozen over during the winter months, it is important to provide a supply of fresh water in a bird bath, water dish, water drinker or even by building a small pond and keeping it clear of ice. You can even use an eco-friendly product such as the Ice Free for Bird Baths which prevents water in bird baths or drinkers from freezing down to -4 degrees C.
As ever, hygiene is paramount all year round. As feeding areas get busy, bird feeders can become caked in mess and old food. It is important to make sure you keep your wild bird feeders clean from wild bird food debris.