During cold snaps birds become vulnerable and are more likely to come into our gardens to seek refuge. With this in mind the RSPB have issued some helpful advice to help the birds endure these severe weather conditions.
1. Put out feed regularly, especially in severe weather. Set up a bird table and use high calorie seed mixes. This can also be used to put out kitchen scraps such as grated cheese, pastry and porridge oats.
2. Put out hanging feeders for black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, sunflower-rich mixes or unsalted peanuts.
3. Ensure a supply of fresh water every day. If it is very cold use tepid water but DO NOT use any antifreeze products.
4. Put out fruit, such as apples and pears, for blackbirds, song thrushes and other members of the thrush family.
5. Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species.
6. Put up nest boxes to provide roost sites for the smaller birds. They will then be used for breeding later in the year.
But please remember if you are planning to start feeding the birds in your garden for the first time, start with a small amount of food and gradually increase as more birds find it. It takes a while for the word to spread amongst the bird population and over feeding will just end with the surplus going to waste.
Follow this link to visit the RSPB website and read the full article
Visit the Suttons website for our range of winter bird feed.