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    Help Wild Birds in Winter

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    The cold winter weather can often have an adverse effect on wild birds. Freezing conditions, a lack of food and the unrelenting length of the season can often threaten the existence of many common birds. Read this guide to learn more about helping wild birds in winter. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Wild Birds in Winter: Care Guide

    One of the most obvious ways in which you can help a bird in winter can be to provide plenty of food around the garden, particularly when food may be scarce during the most severe winter conditions. Hang plenty of feeders around the garden, and provide plenty of bird seeds. Make sure the feeders are easily visible to ensure the birds are enticed into your garden. Another unusual tip is to place suet in the feeder - this foodstuff has an extremely high fat and oil content, and will give a wild bird much-needed calories during the winter months.

    A major problem that can be overlooked during the winter months is the water supply. In freezing conditions, it can be extremely difficult for a bird to locate running water. Top up a small dish regularly with lukewarm water and place it in an area which catches the sun.

    Finally, if you really want to safeguard birds during the winter months, it's a good idea to take some time to think about the layout of your garden ahead of the season. High winds and driving rains can often endanger wild birds, so try and implement some sheltered areas into the design of the garden. Birds in winter need all the help they can get, so it's best to make some small adaptations ahead of schedule to offer protection at this challenging time of year.

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