Autumn is here!
The leaves are falling, the skies are getting darker earlier, and Britain’s wildlife is preparing for Winter.
The colder months are difficult for most animals but none more so than the birds in our gardens.
So why is it important to look after Britain’s garden birds?
They may be small but those garden birds sure are mighty.
On average one of our feathered friends can gobble up to a third of their body weight or more!
Since their metabolism is so fast, their diet needs to be very high in healthy fats.
Sadly food shortages during the colder seasons can cause these little fellas to get hit by the weather quite harshly so it’s important to keep their tummies full!
A good way to start easing your garden birds in to the chillier seasons is to fill a bird feeder with Hi-Energy Nuts (500g) specifically for wild birds. Nuts are filled with the good fats that will keep your garden birds’ weight up, maintain their energy, and of course will give them a tasty treat!
It’s important to leave water for your garden birds.
You may have heard of people leaving food out for the birds but it’s just as vital to keep some water nearby for these little beauties.
Birds lose water quickly and need to replace what they’ve lost through food as well as drinking. This is especially necessary during the colder months when natural sources of water like ponds and streams are frozen over.
Leaving a small bird bath or a little saucer of water in your garden will not only give the birds a drink but will also provide you with entertainment. Garden birds love sprucing up their feathers by bathing in water and having a splash about in it.
Not only do they need to stay hydrated, they also need to keep clean. Amazingly your garden birds will preen their feathers by loosening the dirt from their wings to spread oil around their bodies and trap a layer of warm air to stay toasty when it’s cold! So a little bird bath with some water in will help them keep their feathers in tip top condition as well as maintain their body temperature.
Believe it or not, your common garden birds eat meat.
That doesn’t mean you can go and leave your chicken nuggets outside for them though!
It’s a common misconception that birds are vegetarians. For instance, sparrows have been known to eat anything from worms to even toads! Suet blocks and fat balls containing dried insects like mealworms, meat suet, and lard are a fantastic nourishing high protein treat for birds. It’ll keep them snug without messing up their feathers and will help them to gain the fat they’ve lost from all that flying about!
So why not check out Poundstretcher and The Pet Hut’s fab range of products to keep your garden birds happy through Autumn and Winter?
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