6 Ways to take care of garden birds in winter
Garden birds in winter. When the winter rolls around, so does the cold and frost, making life a little tougher for our favourite garden birds. It’s our job as bird lovers, to make sure that our garden visitors are well looked after during this harsh time of year. That’s why we have created this handy list of 6 ways to take care of your garden birds this winter.
From making sure you’re serving the right wild bird food to giving your feathered visitors a safe and warm place to hide, every gesture, no matter how small, can help our garden birds survive the winter a little easier.
stocking up on nutritious wild bird food
At Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we make sure that all of our premium wild bird food is packed full of nutrients all year round. However, during the winter seasons, it’s more important than ever to make sure your garden birds are getting the right nutrition.
Some of the best foods to serve up to your garden guests during the cold months are:
These wild bird food products contain a high level of good fats, that help to keep birds sustained and healthy throughout winter. With natural food sources depleting as the weather gets colder, these bird food products are essential to help keep birds happy and healthy in winter.
2. Investing in multiple bird boxes
Many of us will have at least one bird box in our garden to provide a home for passing birds. During winter, it’s always a good idea to increase the number of bird boxes we have, to provide even more shelter for wild birds.
Choose bird boxes of different sizes and shapes, to ensure you are catering for all species of wild bird.
3. Making sure you have the right wild bird feeders
Not all bird feeders can provide the same type of food, for example, peanuts can only be used with peanut bird feeders and seed feeders come in all different shapes and sizes. To ensure you can provide your garden birds with a variety of different nutritious foods, make sure you have a variety of bird feeders ready to use.
4. Provide shelter from harsh winds
As well as bird boxes, it is always worth planning ahead and planting dense shrubbery during the summer months, to make sure you have a natural source of protection for smaller, hedge dwelling birds such as finches.
Hedges are a great way of providing shelter from harsh weather conditions and many garden birds will prefer this form of shelter to a bird box.
5. Always ensure a good source of water is available especially when the temperatures drop below freezing
Water can easily freeze overnight, so it is important to ensure you have an unfrozen water source at all times. This might include actively defrosting permanent water sources, or making sure to put fresh water out daily.
6. Keep your garden refreshed daily
Just like we have to keep our water topped up and thawed, we should also make sure to keep our food topped up and replace any that may be frozen or inedible. Keeping your garden refreshed daily will not only help to look after any garden visitors but also help to encourage more wildlife to your home during winter.