Help our garden birds get ready for spring

In early spring many birds are preparing to breed – and we can help them get into peak breeding condition with these three simple steps.

Feed them well

Their natural food is getting scarce so a regular supply of birdseed, suet products and mealworms can provide a lifeline.

Provide clean water

Fresh water is vital to keep birds healthy. Dirty water can spread disease so rinse baths and change the water regularly to keep it clean.

Give them a home

Putting up nest boxes is especially good at this time of year, providing somewhere for our garden birds to roost and breed. According to the British Trust for Ornithology more than 60 species of bird have been recorded using nest boxes.

The Trust’s shop in the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve has a good range of bird food, nest boxes, etc, or you can buy on-line from Vine House Farm at www.vinehousefarm.co.uk/ 

Members can also order via the latest Vine House Farm flier enclosed with the Winter/Spring edition of the Trust magazine Wildlife News.

Buying your bird food, nest boxes and other supplies from Vine House Farm helps your garden wildlife and also helps the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to protect wildlife and wild places in our two counties.

Birds are not the only animals to use boxes. Hedgehogs will use them for breeding and hibernation, bats favour them for roosting and hibernation, while insects such as ladybirds and solitary bees will be attracted to your garden to hibernate in winter. Click here for simple actions you can take to help wildlife in your garden. 


Photograph: c. Amy Lewis.

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