Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Help The Birds This Winter

You are probably aware that our wild birds are struggling for food in this hard, severe winter weather.
The ground is so hard that they are finding it difficult to locate their normal food, like insects etc. It is times like these that we can make a massive difference to the lives of our feathered friends.
There are lots of ways you can help, but I find the following the best as it gives the birds lots of nutrients and the correct fats to help them through the cold days.
Its cold out there in the daytime, but imagine what it must be like at night!
I have photographed the process of mixing the correct food for the birds. See below.

Around 2 slices of bread in a little water. Bread bloats the birds and does not have many nutritional values for them, but it helps with the binding.

Next, a good helping of seed. You can use any type of bird seed, but I have used sunflower hearts here as the birds can just peck them up and swallow them straight down.

Then some nuts. They are high in oil and fat, but it is the fat the birds need to produce energy and they need as much of that as they can get.

The last of the ingredients is grated cheese. This is again high in energy and also helps with the binding process.

Get your hands in there and mix it all together until you have a big lump. It can be placed on the ground, in the bow of a tree branch or pushed into holes.

Don't forget to clean the sink afterwards and before you go out, or else you will end up with a sore eye and ear ache!!!

If you know a place where people feed the birds often, take the food to that site, it will be found immediately as the birds in that area will be used to food being taken out and will therefor be waiting.
Hang around and watch how many birds come down to feast on your free food. It will feel good, I promise you that.


  1. Hi. Your blog is wonderful. I love the bird photos and the heading photo is gorgeous. I look forward to visiting again.

    I also wanted to say thank you for following my blog.


  2. No problem Cindy and thank you for the kind comment.

  3. Some good advice there rob I saw you mentioned in the review this week on the wildlife and weather section. Just wondering what your opinion is on the the couple feeding the boar? Did you read what they were feeding it surely that cannot be good for them, chocolate etc. Keep up the good work m8 nice blog and stunning heading photo.

  4. Hi Steve.

    Thanks for the positive comments.
    I did see the article about the couple feeding the boar and my immediate thought was "what are they doing!"
    Its bad enough feeding them rubbish, but it is irresponsible feeding them full stop.
    Some people will look on this as a way or portraying them as non-dangerous, but in fact it goes against all the guidance put in place for their and our own good.
    I will create a post on my blog to cover this.