Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged Bird Baths, bird feeders, bird feeding, bird food, Bird Seed Mixes, bird tables, feed the birds, feed the birds in cold weather, feed the birds in winter, gardening in school, gardening with children, High Fat content bird foods, Live Mealworms, recycle works, recycleworks, School Projects, school wildlife, water dish, wildlife gardening on January 18, 2013 |
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Winter is finally here with sub-zero temperatures and a covering of snow in many parts with yet more forecast. The fall in temperatures will come as quite a shock to our wildlife they have endured a relatively mild winter up to now, but we as a nation of wildlife lovers can really help. The birds in our garden are struggling to find any food as their natural food sources are depleted or frozen in the ground, fresh unfrozen water too will be hard to find, High Calorie/Energy foods with a High Fat Content are the most beneficial to put out for the birds :
Seed Mixes are prepared using top quality high calorie ingredients and have been developed to appeal to, and benefit a wide variety of bird species all year round and include High Energy Bird Mix, Bird Feeder Seed, Table Seed Mix, Gourmet Robin Food as well as Nyjer Seed and Sunflower Heart Seeds.
Table Seed Mix
High Fat content Bird Foods are also high in calories and include Peanut Cakes, Fat Balls, Fat filled Coconuts, Peanut Cake Bells and Suet Pellets with Insects and are excellent winter food.
High calorie Peanut Cakes
Live Mealworms are a natural food and relished by Robins, Blue Tits and other insect eating birds and should be provided when fresh.
Live Mealworms are loved by Blue Tits
Clean water is important for the birds both for drinking and also bathing this is essential to keep their feathers in good condition. To prevent the water from freezing add a lightweight ball which will move in the breeze or pour on hot water to melt the ice.
Ceramic Hanging Bird Bath / Water Dish
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Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged Bird Baths, bird feeders, bird feeding, bird food, Bird hygiene, bird tables, Birds bathing, Birds drinking water, feed the birds, gardening in school, gardening with children, recycle works, recycleworks, school wildlife, wildlife education, wildlife gardening on January 19, 2012 |
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It is very important that we all feed the birds especially at the moment during this cold snap although the weather this winter has been relatively mild so far. Your supply of food can save the lives of many birds. A survey last month revealed that 59% of people rarely or never feed the birds in the winter months. Many birds including the Blue Tit which only weighs one third of an ounce needs to eat 40% of their bodyweight just to stay alive in cold weather and they rely on us putting out food. It is vital to provide food on a daily basis as much of the birds energy can be used up searching for food.
Take a look at our great range of Bird Food and Bird Feeders they are all ideal for your garden birds.
Hygiene is very important so before you fill up your bird feeders it is a good idea to check if any remaining food has gone bad, if so this should be thrown away and the feeders given a good wash, I checked mine this week and found that this was the case, I think that during the mild and wet Christmas period the birds were not eating as much and so the food had started to go black and mouldy. You will also need to clean bird tables regularly as bird droppings can transmit disease especially if they are mixed with food and also discard any mouldy food left on the bird table.
A birdtable makes a useful and attractive feature
It is equally important to provide clean water for the birds both for drinking and also bathing this is essential to keep feathers in good condition, bird droppings can also accumulate in Bird Baths too and so these will need to be washed out regularly. During cold weather check that they have not frozen up, the addition of a tennis ball will help to prevent this.
Hanging Water Dish
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