Why feed birds now?
This question is often asked of us at this time of year. Wild birds in your garden need most help during the winter months, when the ground is frozen and most of their food has gone to ground, hibernating etc. But during the rest of the year the birds need support too. The breeding season takes a lot of energy, to provide food for hungry fledglings is hard work and with the changing climate we see around us, cold, wet spring, short cold summers, then natural food is not necessarily plentiful so supplementing their diet with garden bird food becomes a massive help to them, but guess what? it is very rewarding for us too! we get to see the wonderful variety of colour and behaviour and even get close enough to some of them to become friends.
Supplementary wild bird feeding can't replace all of the natural proteins and vitamins that adult and young fledglings need so it harmonises an overall diet.
What to feed now.
Winter and summer feeding requirements for wild birds are a little different, right now the garden birds are, finding mates, building nests, brooding or feeding young chicks. All of this activity is demanding and requires nourishment in the form of protein. Mealworms
are high in protein, both live or dried will provide protein in abundance for adult and young birds. Energy food comes from high oil content seeds like sunflower hearts, safflower seeds, peanuts (only feed whole peanuts via mesh feeders), also suet products
give a boost to energy levels. If you provide all of these ingredients as well as an environment in your garden that is conducive with encouraging insects, bugs, and other wildlife then you will be blessed with a multitude of wild birds and they will be very happy to be there. One of our exclusive wild bird food mixes - Spring / Summer mix
, has been specially blended to provide all of the above ingredients in one go and it can be fed by tube feeder, mesh feeder or table feeder.
Don't forget the water! - fresh clean water is a vital element of feeding your garden birds. An easy thing to provide, you have a multitude of receptacles to choose from in our drinking and bathing section
. Water should be changed every day.