Help birds through the cold

The RSPB has just issued its “wild bird winter survival plan”  to help birds get through the worst of the freezing weather. It recommends:

  1. Put out feed regularly, especially in severe weather.  Set up a bird table and use high calorie seed mixes.
  2. Put out hanging feeders for black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, sunflower-rich mixes or unsalted peanuts.
  3. Ensure a supply of fresh water every day. If it is very cold use tepid water but DO NOT use any antifreeze products.
  4. Put out fruit, such as apples and pears, for Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and other members of the thrush family.
  5. Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for Treecreepers, Goldcrests and many other species.
  6. Put up nest boxes to provide roost sites for the smaller birds. They will then be used for breeding later in the year.

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