Feeding the birds in your garden or balcony in winter helps them survive – and is a great way to introduce children to nature
With the approaching winter (at least if you’re reading this in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s time to consider helping your local wild birds through the cold months ahead, when finding natural food can be difficult.
Feeding the birds in your garden or on your balcony and then identifying and counting them is extremely enjoyable, and a great way to introduce children to the wonders of nature.
Here are a few tips that might help you to get started.
So those are the main foodstuffs I put out for the birds. During a really cold spell, for example when the ground is frosted over or thick with snow, I will also distribute bread, cheese, oats, and chopped up apples. When it’s icy I also put out a tray of water.
I am always amazed at how quickly the birds find the food. I start feeding the birds again in mid-October after the summer break. Just since then (4 weeks ago) I have already spotted 22 different species of bird in the garden, and 51 birds altogether. One winter the total number of birds in the garden was 155 (from 26 species).
I hope that your garden birds give you as much pleasure as mine give me. I am sure the birds appreciate your efforts.
Where to buy (in Belgium)
I find that AVEVE has a good range: its shops are throughout Belgium. For mail order, I recommend Vivara (in Dutch or French).
Any further suggestions?
Drop me a line if you have any other good suggestions of food items that your garden or balcony bids have found irresistible!