As the summer fades away and autumn returns it's a nice idea to think about how the wildlife in your gardens will cope. Food can become scarce as the weather cools so by taking just a few minutes to care for the birds it will not only help them to survive but it can be great way for little ones to learn about caring for animals!
Here are my tips to help wildlife this winter with some safety advice thrown in too.
You can make Fatballs of your own as a source of food or purchase bird feeders for just a few pounds. Try to ensure that they are in a location where birds can access them with ease without the risk of attack from cats.
Keep them topped up all season, clean and replace if needed as a damaged feeder can cause injury.
Leaves can leave your garden looking untidy but they are a great place for insects to hide in which will help to feed birds. Try to avoid sweeping them away if you can but watch out as they can be slippy.
If you don't have a bird bath it may be time to invest in one and fill it with fresh water. Children will love to watch birds clean themselves and drink, especially those robins that will be appearing soon! Just keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't freeze over when the ice and snow hit.
Plants that provide berries bring a splash of colour to your garden and are perfect to feed birds. Just make sure little ones know not to touch them as they can be poisonous!
Birds can often collide with windows so try to keep feeders at least 3ft away from your home.
By hanging crystals in the window it will also help to prevent birds flying into them.
How do you help wildlife at home?