Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Christmas dinner for birds

Birds of the Garden Winter I
Birds of the Garden Winter I

The temperatures are plummeting as we speak and although as humans we can sit next to a wood burning stove and keep warm and toasty, not so for the birds in the garden. Our two cats have even given up going outside which may give the bird population some reprieve. What follows is a list of food that may end up in your waste bin for which the birds will be very grateful :

From a birds eye point of view :

any mince pies - they hold a vast amount of dried fruits and fat.
leftover Christmas cake - full of dried fruits, nuts and fat
stale bread soaked in fat from any Sunday roast
nuts and seeds ( but not salty ones).
fresh water - the bird bath may need spiking and some fresh water put out.

The rspb site has a lot of information on what and how to feed birds and what birds you can expect to see.

If you want to feed live worms to birds you will find a good supply at wigglywigglers.

The importance of our wildlife should not be underestimated as they provide a valued role within the garden ecosystem. I usually do not encourage birds in the garden per se because of the two cats but as the weather is very very cold, I am making an exception. There is no need to go out and spend a lot of money, just some leftovers can suffice.

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