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Winter is a tough time of year for wild birds – and without much food, it can be hard for them to survive the bleak winter.
But now wilko, one of the UK’s leading home and garden retailers, has set up a competition to help our feathered friends.
All you need is a camera, an eye for detail… and a flying visit from your favourite wild birds.
Thankfully, with wilko’s superb range of wild bird food – delivering nutritious, balanced meals – you could see Starlings, Sparrows and Robins flocking to your feeders.
Neil Fairhurst, Pets buyer for wilko, said: “With the weather so cold at the moment, it’s a particularly hard time of year for wildlife and in particular wild birds that visit our gardens.
“Birds feed every day and don’t store energy well; therefore, one or two bad days in winter or cold weather without food can quickly lead to their demise. Putting out a good selection of food, such as fat balls that are nutritious and high energy, in feeders or on tables will help them maintain weight and fuelled for the winter months.
“Supplying fresh water is also key, because when it’s freezing a bird’s usual sources of water are often not available. Break any ice on your pond/s or water feature, and try putting out some lukewarm water – the birds will love it.
“Finally, if your garden is covered in snow try to clear some ground and put some soft food down for the songbirds who can’t reach the feeders. Suet blocks and pellets work particularly well as they give the birds a great energy boost and plenty of calories, which are needed to cope with the bitter weather.
“Also, it’s worth considering other wildlife in your garden e.g. how can you provide shelters for hedgehogs and other garden visitors? For further information and advice, we’d recommend visit www.homes.rspb.org.uk.”
HOW TO ATTRACT BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN
● Leave out fresh food early in the day and after lunch
● Sparrows, dunnocks, finches and collared doves love small seeds like millet. Tits, green finches and woodpeckers like peanuts and sunflower seed
● Keep bird tables and boxes clean to reduce disease
● Offer somewhere safe to nest away from predators and avoid cutting back hedges from March to July
● Refresh water supplies regularly – especially when the temperature drops