Feed the birds - all year round

Did you know in the spring and summer months wild birds use up to ten times more energy than in winter?

Birds are highly active during the summer months and require high protein foods, especially while they are moulting. In many cases adult birds may have to go without food in order to ensure their fledglings are fed.

Expanding towns and new farming methods have meant that a wild bird’s natural source of food is ever decreasing and far scarcer, even in the warmer months.

There is a common misconception that it is only important to feed wild birds during the winter months, however it is important that wild birds are fed and cared for all year round.

Some important advice for bird enthusiasts during these warmer months to help you feed the birds all year round:

Try to have multiple feed sites where ever possible to stop overcrowding in one area

Visiting birds may take time to become used to feeding in new locations so please be patient.

Ensure that food is fresh, this will help stop bacterial build up

If you want to attract a specific type of bird look for species specific food which provides the ideal mix for your preferred species

During the spring and summer avoid providing peanuts for your visiting birds, because these can be harmful if an adult feeds them to their fledgling

High quality food will always attract more birds that will keep on returning.

Low quality cheaper alternatives are full of dust and debris which will provide little or no nutrients for hungry birds

Only provide enough food to last 2 to 3 days – however you will find that this volume will need to increase over time

Feeding stations should be located under cover where possible and at a height if there is a risk of cats or other predators

High quality, hardwearing feeders with easy access click release components, will save you time, money and effort in the long term.

They are more sturdy and much easier to clean plus they will withstand anything the British summertime can throw at them!

Dispose of old food deposits and any food that has become sodden, this will help prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria and toxins

Regularly clean your feeding stations with warm water and a bird safe disinfectant to help prevent bacterial build up

Once you have started to feed the birds please DO NOT STOP as they will become reliant on your help.

Following this advice will not only be hugely beneficial to our feathered friends but will also supply great pleasure to those who get to enjoy watching them.