Our winter bird care tips will not only help to make sure that your garden birds will be well fed over the winter months, but you’ll also get to spend a little bit of time outside and watching your garden visitors can bring joy and increase well-being all whilst helping wildlife in your garden.
Suet balls, fat balls and blocks provide nutritious food for garden birds and are a great source of energy. Balls can be easily hung up in trees or from the edges of birdhouses and suet blocks can be hung in special block hangers so birds can get to them quickly. They can be bought, or you can make your own at home.
There is a massive choice of seed mixes for garden birds. If you observe which birds already visit your garden, you can focus on ensuring that your seed mixes are appropriate. If you’d like to attract different species, try adding a few different feeders, including a range of nuts and seeds, so there is something for as many species as possible. You’ll find so much joy in spotting new birds visiting over the winter months.
When topping up your bird feeders, ensure they are kept clean, to help reduce the spread of diseases between birds. When they’re empty, take the opportunity to scrub them with warm soapy water and rinse them well, dry and then refill them. Also, check your bird tables and baths and keep them clean too.
Imagine a meal without a drink to wash it down! If you haven’t got a bird bath you can always use a plant tray left on a table. Adding stones can be helpful too. Birds will bathe and drink from it, but if there’s been a frost, ensure it isn’t frosted over so the birds can still get the water.
Some birds feed on a bird table, while others prefer to feed from the ground, most will do both. Birds need to save as much energy as possible to get them through the cold weather, so spreading some bird food, such as mealworms, which robins love, on the ground will be helpful as well.
You will find plenty of bird food and accessories in store to help your garden birds this winter.