By Millie Hurst published
The winter is a particularly unforgiving time for local wildlife, and the Royal Horticultural Society has highlighted the plight of birds this time of year.
With the temperatures starting to fall, feeding birds in winter makes a huge difference to the health of the wild birds that visit your plot. Encouraging people to give birds high-fat food, the charity says it's crucial to be consistent.
Winter bird care warning
In a recent Instagram post, the RHS urged gardeners to give birds food with a high-fat content now that winter has arrived. 'Gardeners can make a fantastic contribution to their local wildlife populations by putting out a little food during the colder months,' the RHS writes.
'Garden birds, in particular, benefit from feeding year-round and winter is a time to provide foodstuffs with a high-fat content to help keep them warm,' the RHS says. The key thing to note is that you'll need to put feed out regularly.
Otherwise, birds might 'waste vital energy' coming to your garden to find that there's no food.
The UK's leading gardening charity says that not only does feeding birds give them a helping hand, but it's also a great way for us to see nature up close. Even if you have a tiny balcony, patio, or green area.
Those living in urban areas with no outdoor space at all can observe wild birds with window bird feeders, available at Amazon. These stick onto the exterior of your window and are brilliant for helping young children to learn about the different types of wild birds.
If you're wondering what kind of high-fat bird feed you should buy, suet balls, available at Amazon are a great option. Wild birds will also eat lard balls, also high in saturated fat, to give them lots of fuel.
It's worth noting that birds can take several weeks to come to your bird feeder if it's the first time you've put one out in your garden. Why not learn how to make bird feeders this winter? Pine cones, lard and bird seeds are some of the key ingredients you'll need.
The best bird feeders are a great way to welcome birds to your garden and to do your bit for wildlife as we move into the coldest season. Just remember to keep them topped up with high-energy snacks.
Millie joined Gardeningetc in early 2021. She loves creating a vibrant display of containers in her small urban garden and is always picking up new plants at the local garden center. She's never without some fresh flowers at home and her favorite houseplant is her variegated pothos that's currently climbing its way over her bookshelves.
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