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How to create a bird friendly garden

How to make a bird friendly garden
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Feeding birds in the garden is a popular activity – over half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden.

By feeding birds in your garden, you can play a valuable role in helping your local birds overcome periods of natural food shortage, survive periods of severe winter weather and come into good breeding conditions in the spring.

Here’s a few tips on how to create a bird friendly garden:

At this time of year, put out food and water on a regular basis. In severe weather, feed twice daily if you can: in the morning and in the early afternoon.

Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights. Use only good quality food and avoid seed mixtures that have split peas, beans, dried rice or lentils as only large species can eat them dry. These are added to some cheaper seed mixes to bulk them up.

Always adjust the quantity given to the demand, and never allow uneaten foods to accumulate around the feeders. Once you establish a feeding routine, try not to change it as the birds will become used to it and time their visits to your garden accordingly.

Although winter feeding benefits birds most, food shortages can occur at any time of the year. By feeding the birds year-round, you’ll give them a better chance to survive the periods of food shortage whenever they occur.

Providing birds with supplementary food will bring them closer for you to marvel at their fascinating behaviour and wonderful colours. It will also reward them for sharing their lives with you. Feeding birds is also an ideal way to enthuse children about wildlife.

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