New Year for your birds
Wild bird food for your New Year garden.
At -3° outside and a hard ground frost, we should now be clear about if we will be feeding the birds in our gardens this year or not - as it is right now that they need our help to give the extra boost to the natural feed sources that are getting scarce now.
We still have wild berries on the hedge and Holly Trees, even a few apples still clinging to the trees, but most ground feeding birds will now be trying extra hard to find worms and insects under the frozen leaves and hedgerows. By turning over the leaves they uncover the warmer side of the ground that has been protected from the worst frost, mainly found in the ley side of hedges and next to buildings, at this stage we have not had the amount of frost here in Shropshire to maintain a hard ground in the shade, most days the temperature gets up to above freezing and so thaws out the ground, but if we continue to have hard frosts then the ground will gradually freeze for longer and this is really bad news for birds trying to find food and water.
If you feed wild birds
then now is a good time to check on stocks of bird food, water de-icer and your wildlife food for the Hedgehogs and Badgers
in your garden.
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Sunflower Hearts for birds provide oil and nutrients for wild birds, much needed in the winter months[/caption]