Feeding the birds in Winter has long been an activity done in Britain amongst both gardeners and animal lovers alike. There are some ways of feeding the birds in Winter that are better than others however, and it is best to learn the best way to provide food for garden birds to ensure that they make it out the other side of the harshest season. After all, these humble garden birds provide many benefits to the environmentally friendly gardener when it comes to controlling pests, which can ravage plants in quick succession.
In terms of feeders, a traditional bird table is suitable for feeding a large number of birds, however windy weather can make other sorts of feeders a more practical option on some occasions. Feeding stations for garden birds, as well as wild birds, have got quite sophisticated in recent years, with designs that keep the bird food both hygienic and fresh, and free from pests. These bird feeding stations can be the sort that hang from a tree, or ones that stick into the earth and are then situated at various heights. Specialist fats, nuts and seeds are excellent food and nutrition sources for birds in Winter, however such heavier foods should not be given in Summer as the adult birds may pass it onto their young, who will not be able to digest them. If in doubt, always buy specialist garden bird food.
Bird baths are also crucial in Winter, as this provides a source of fresh clean water for the birds to access, especially where other water sources may be frozen over. Avoid putting bird baths and feeders beside or above dense shrubs or fences, as cats and other creatures will then be able to get at them.
Friendly Fungi feature a wide selection of bird tables, bird feeders and bird baths, especially designed for providing fresh food and water to garden birds in Winter.