Keep your bird bath topped up, clean and free from ice. It’s important to provide a place for birds to bathe as they need to keep their feathers in good condition.
Small birds will use bird boxes as shelter throughout the winter months as well as nesting there in the spring. Setting one of these up facing between north and east, so that it’s shielded from direct sunlight and winds, will help to attract birds all year round. Ensure that these bird boxes are out of reach from cats, squirrels and other predators.
Food is scarce for birds in the winter, so buying a bird feeder and keeping it topped up is really important throughout the season. In particular, foods high in fat and calories are healthy winter treats, such as a range of seeds, nuts, cheese, suet or lard. As well as this, we advise that you buy high quality bird food, as lower quality food often has a higher proportion of nutrient poor grains that are only edible for much larger birds.