National Bird Feeding Month February 2017
If you have never been into feeding wild birds before, now is the best time to start. We are encouraging our customers old and new, to participate in National Bird Feeding Month and provide a reliable food source for when there is a scarcity of food and for all year round feeding.
The winter months are especially tough on birds, by providing them with a clean water source and food to eat, you’ll not only enjoy seeing far more of them attracted to your garden, but you’ll also be helping them survive and thrive at a time when their natural resources are being threatened.
With just a little time and effort, it is quite simple to create a bird friendly garden. It is known that house sparrow and blackbirds are decreasing in numbers but by making your garden a haven for birds you can help be a part in the reverse of that decline.
Just like all living creatures, the main items we need to survive are; food, water and shelter. For us its easy during the winter months to stay in our houses and go to the local shop for groceries, but for birds who largely depend on the outdoors, during the winter months this is particularly difficult when these resources dwindle. It is important, however that if you are going to open your back garden to birds, remember birds are quick learners and it won’t take long for them to grow accustomed to your generosity. It’s important to continue providing them with food and water even throughout the summer months when they need the energy for being a lot more active.
Not all birds are the same, like you and me they will have different tastes. Everything from the food you serve to the feeders you serve it in will vary depending on the species of bird. Our new Chapelwood range have a number of different style bird feeders, suitable from beginners to the advanced wild bird carer. Suet is known to be a substitute for natural fat, which is not only difficult to find in colder months but, upon consumption, provides the majority of birds with the calories and energy they need to survive the harsh winter elements.
Consider where you will locate your feeder. They should be positioned approximately 8-10 feet away from shrubbery where predators may hide. They should also be placed in a sheltered area that’s less exposed to harsh weather, strong winds and strong UV rays from the sun. It is vital that the feeders are regularly cleaned and refilled with fresh food frequently to prevent any bacteria and possible diseases that can be passed on to birds.
There are many different types of feed to choose from; sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet, mealworms and much more. If you would like to an attract a wide range of birds to your garden, providing a variety of foods and multiple feeders will quicklyfulfil your garden. We have a wide variety of food and treats from Chapelwood, Dawn Chorus and Gardman for you to choose from.
Finding fresh, unfrozen water can be even more difficult for birds than finding food during winter. A bird bath or water drinker in your garden can help ensure birds have a reliable source of water for drinking and bathing – which is essential to help them keep their feathers clean for flying.
Yorkshire Trading carry all the supplies a family needs to attract wild birds in their backyard. Encourage your young ones to become involved in nature with the novelty feeders we have and paint your own nest boxes, making it educational and creative all in one go!