Caring for The Wild Birds in Your Garden

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Many people enjoy watching wild birds fly in and settle down in the garden, especially when you’ve left a feeder packed full of seeds for them to enjoy. With so many beautiful species across the country, it’s amazing to see which birds come and go from the garden and it’s our job to care for them as best we can. From feeding them the right things, to ensuring they have access to the essentials throughout the year, here are some top tips to help you care for the wild birds that visit your garden.

Why Help the Birds?

Throughout the year, wild birds spend their time carrying out task after task. From feeding their babies in the spring, to finding food to keep themselves strong and healthy, wild birds are constantly on the lookout for food for them to survive. There are certain times of the year that are difficult for wild birds, as it can become tough for them to access food. For example, during the summer time the ground becomes dry and firm, which makes it really challenging for birds to break through in order to find those tasty bugs. Similarly, during the winter time it can be difficult for wild birds to find food due to the lack of food available. The cold weather and harsh conditions can leave them weak and very hungry! During the autumn time it’s often a little harder for wild birds, as they need to keep going and find as much food as possible, whilst they moult and prepare for the winter. With all of this in mind, it makes it very clear that having access to food and water in our gardens is a huge help for wild birds, no matter what time of year it may be!

What Can Wild Birds Eat?

There are lots of myths that float around with regards to what you can feed wild birds, so its important to check the facts before you begin to leave things out in the garden for them. Firstly, wild birds love mealworms. Mealworms are an incredible source of protein for birds and especially loved by Robins. With online retailers such as Chubby Mealworms stocking a huge supply of mealworms, you can find a great selection to spoil the birds in your garden with. Another great thing to leave in the garden for the birds is fruit. Fruit is loved by most birds and if you leave things like apples and pears it will get nibbled up in no time! Wild birds are also able to eat fat and suet balls, seeds, grains and peanuts, which you can often buy in big bags to fill up the feeders and bird tables with.

Staying Refreshed

One common thing that many people overlook is that wild birds require lots of water as well as food. Leaving a bird table full of fresh water for the birds to enjoy is a really beneficial thing to do, as it can be difficult for birds to access fresh water, especially in the winter time when rivers and streams freeze over for days on end. It’s important to make sure that if you are leaving water out for the birds, that you check to ensure it’s clean each day. You don’t want to leave stagnant water for the birds, as this can have a negative impact on their health.

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