What birds to look out for
In December Ivy fruits are ripening. Winter thrushes, such as Blackbirds and Redwings, will be attracted to this climbing plant. Therefore, leaving Ivy to grow in your garden will mean that birds can feed and nest, and even insects have somewhere to hibernate.
If we see a cold snap and a flurry of snow, ground feeding species such as Robins and Dunnocks will need a helping hand as they can no longer access the worms and invertebrates in the soil which they rely on. Halved apples and peanuts make for an ideal substitute for wild food.
Please avoid putting oily Christmas leftovers out for the birds, particularly turkey, as this can be very harmful for birds and their feathers.
What to Feed
If you are new to feeding birds, you can choose a ‘year round’ bird food. This is suitable for all seasons and all popular garden birds. Peckish Complete Seed Mix has 12 varieties of high energy seeds and nuts and will attract a wide range of birds
If you are keen to attract a specific type of bird, there are specific foods available. For example, a Robin Insect Seed Mix is blended with mealworms, naked oats and sunflowers hearts that are small and ideal for a Robin’s beak
How to Feed
You will know how much food to put out based on how much is left. If the food is taking days to be eaten, simply reduce the amount you put out
Use several feeding stations to reduce the number of birds feeding in one spot
If you use a feeding table, make sure to keep it clean
Use a ground feeding tray if you prefer to place food on the ground. Just remember to remove any leftover food before nightfall to prevent attracting unwanted visitors
Avoid putting feeders under garden features where birds may perch or roost
If you would like to learn more about understanding birds, in particular about changing bird populations visit the charity – British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)