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Keeping Birds in Your Garden During the Winter Months

by Rachel Davis 22 Sep 2023


As winter approaches, the days grow shorter, and the temperature drops. During this time, our feathered friends face challenges in finding food and shelter. However, with a little effort, you can help ensure that birds continue to visit your garden throughout the colder months. In this blog, we'll explore some tips on how to make your garden a winter haven for birds, enriching your outdoor experience and supporting local wildlife.

Provide a Steady Food Supply

In winter, natural food sources like insects and berries become scarce. To attract and retain birds in your garden, invest in a variety of bird feeders. Fill them with nutritious treats such as seeds, suet balls, and mealworms. Offering different types of food will cater to a wide range of bird species. 

Water is Vital

Birds need access to fresh water year-round, and this is especially critical during the colder months when natural water sources may freeze over. Install a bird bath with a built-in heater or place a small floating heater in your existing bird bath to ensure a consistent supply of unfrozen water.

Create Shelter

Providing shelter is essential for birds to stay warm and protected from harsh weather. Nesting boxes and roosting pockets offer safe havens for birds to rest. Additionally, planting dense shrubs and evergreen trees in your garden can provide natural cover and a sense of security for visiting birds.

Keep Feeders Clean

Regularly clean your bird feeders and water sources to prevent the spread of disease. A dirty feeder can discourage birds from visiting. Clean them at least once a month and consider moving feeders closer to sheltered areas to keep them dry.

Winter can be a challenging time for birds, but with a little care and attention, your garden can become a welcoming oasis for our feathered friends. By providing a steady supply of food, unfrozen water, shelter, and maintaining clean feeding stations, you can ensure that birds continue to visit your garden during the colder months. Not only will this enrich your garden's biodiversity, but it will also offer you the joy of observing these beautiful creatures up close, adding a touch of nature's magic to your winter days.

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