It’s been a tough winter and spring for the wildlife in our gardens. In Wildlife Enquiries, we get a number of calls and emails asking for advice on feeding the birds, the right type of feeders, what to feed and when.
Some people think that they should only feed the birds through the winter months when there is less natural food available. It’s actually OK to feed birds all year round as supplementary feeding only makes up about 10% of a bird’s diet, and they are drawn to natural food over supplementary food. This is one reason why at times they can seem to abandon our gardens and feeders only to return later. During the summer months the supplementary food can really help parent birds who are busy collecting food for their young. It enables them to grab some food for themselves using as little energy as possible. If there is a shortage of food due to weather conditions, supplementary food can help with the shortfall when feeding their young.
Whatever you feed your birds, don’t forget to provide some water for them to drink and bathe in, a shallow plant dish is ideal and easy to keep clean. Take a look at our online shop for details on the different types of feeders and food available for our feathered friends. Remember, after filling your feeders and putting food out for the birds, always wash your hands afterwards.
HELP! I have been feeding my garden birds all year round for over four years (lots of starlings of course!) but I have to move in November so what do I do - gradually stop feeding them or stop abruptly when I go? It will be well into winter and I am having sleepless nights worrying about it - any suggestions please? thank you Jacquie D
Hi Penny, the hot cross buns should be OK, as long as they are fed along with other food and are part of a balenced diet, but you don't want to give them too many and make sure you have one or two for yourself!
Great, yes they are gone at the end of each day. Glad they are ok thanks
Yes, they should be fine. If they get a bit dry you can always give them a quick soak in water, but from the sound of it they may have already gone!
I've got a pair of black caps and a couple of pairs of blackbirds and they are devouring hot cross buns and apples at the moment. Are the buns ok. They do seem ravenous.
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