Wild birds need our help more in winter than at any other time of the year and you can do your bit to lend a hand. Provide our feathered friends with food, water and shelter during the harsh, colder months, and you can make all the difference. We’ve put together 7 of our top tips for looking after the birds in winter.
1. Stock up
Food for our feathered friends is much more scarce in winter, so make sure your feeders are regularly topped up. They’ll need lots of high energy food such as suet and fat balls. Why not have a go at making your own fat balls? Our blog here will show you how. You may find you’re making more regular trips into the garden to top up the feeders, but you’ll be rewarded in summer when the birds start eating all the pesky insects for you.
It’s not just one type of bird that needs help in winter. Keeping a rich source of different food available will attract a variety of birds and keep them coming back again and again. Our huge range of feeders will store all types of feed and we love our exclusively designed bird feeders. The peanut and suet pellet feeder is perfect as you can choose how to fill it. We’d suggest high energy suet pellets through the winter months which can then be switched for peanuts in milder weather. It’s easy to fill and separates into compartments for easy cleaning. Take a look at our ‘feeding wild birds in winter’ blog for lots of advice on the types of food to feed the birds.
3. Fight the freeze
It’s easy to forget, but water in bird baths can quickly freeze in winter, leaving birds with an even more limited supply of fresh water. You can help to prevent this by putting a light, floating object such as a twig into the water. As the wind blows, the twig will naturally float around in the water, helping to stop it from freezing over.
4. Set up shelter
It’s a great idea to have a nesting box in your garden all year round but even more so in winter as the birds seek much-needed shelter from the elements. These should always be tilted slightly so they’re protected from strong winds and rain. Our exclusively designed wooden bird box provides the perfect shelter for your feathered friends. Its metal surround prevents predators from getting inside as well as being easy to clean and maintain. You can find even more tips on bird nesting boxes, including how to make your own, where to site them and how to clean them, on our ‘guide to bird nesting boxes’ blog.
5. Let it grow
Staying on the subject of shelter, did you know you can provide this simply by leaving an area of your garden to grow wild? Leave your hedgerows to grow, particularly during nesting season between Marchand August. Or you could pile all your fallen leaves and twigs into a corner rather than throwing them away. This provides a great, natural shelter for our feathered friends.
6. Keep it clean
It’s really important to keep all your bird feeders clean, particularly in winter when they’ll be visited much more often. By regularly cleaning the feeders with warm, soapy water you’ll be helping to prevent disease from spreading, ensuring your visitors stay healthy throughout the toughest months. Our bird feeders are easy to take apart, to make sure you can clean them properly. You can read more about cleaning your bird feeders on our blog here.
7. Grow your own
Here’s a great tip for keeping the birds in your garden well fed. Instead of stocking up on a constant supply of food, why not grow it naturally from the comfort of your garden? Not only will you be brightening up beds and borders, you’ll also be providing natural seed to the birds. They particularly love eating the seeds from sunflower heads but are also partial to globe thistle, teasel and rudbeckia.
Are the birds still flocking to your garden this winter? Why not grab your camera and enter our wild bird competition for the chance to feature in our 2019 calendar as well as winning a £100 wilko gift card? The competition runs from January 7, 2018 to March 31, 2018. All photographs must be taken in a garden or outdoor setting and of course, the photo needs to be yours alone and emailed to WildBirdCompetition@wearebrazenpr.com. You can find full terms and conditions here.