Why should we feed garden birds?

Create a win win situation

We feed garden birds to help them thrive…..we can also enjoy the benefits!

How will birds benefit?

Increase winter survival rates

Our Feathered Friends Need Access To Energy Rich Foods Every Day.

Birds weigh very little, they have little or no fat reserves from which to draw energy to keep warm. In winter months food sources become scarce. Birds will use a great deal of energy just searching for food.

Filling garden feeders with quality seeds and offering high energy bird food such as suet throughout the autumn and winter will make sure birds can find good food easily and keep warm through the cold months.

By providing plentiful food throughout the summer and autumn months, birds will gain weight and be in good health as winter approaches giving them their best chances for survival.

Breed more successfully

Feeding all year round may bring long lasting benefits.

Scientists have studied apparent benefits of bird feeding and the majority of studies have shown that birds given access to food over winter may nest earlier in the season and produce more fledglings.

The benefits of feeding into the spring and through summer mean female birds are in better physical condition. This may make them stronger and able to produce more eggs. The vitamins and minerals within good quality bird seed mean healthier eggs and chicks.

Compensate for lost habitats

Offering a ready supply of food will help provide food sources lost by years of human intervention in the landscape.

After the Second World War, farmers were encouraged to remove hedgerows in order that Britain could become self-sufficient in food. This meant losses in berries, insects and nesting habitats for many birds.

Hedgerow decline is thought to have stopped since the 1990’s, but throughout Britain we cannot instantly replace 1000’s of kilometres of mature hedgerows that in their prime contained such rich diverse life.

We understand the importance of hedgerow habitats to our birds and animals. We manage our hedgerow responsibly and have over 6.8 miles of hedgerows on our farms. Providing shelter and food sources for all kinds of wildlife

How will we benefit?

Enjoyment

Natural beauty and continual entertainment.

Observing birds’ vibrant colours, behaviour and listening to birdsong filling your gardens is very relaxing.

Watching birds going about their daily business; squabbling, courting and rearing their young right in front of our windows really is a joy.

Putting out bird feeders will tempt a range of different species into your garden and let you enjoy satisfaction from playing your part in their success.

Knowledge and education

Learning about nature is wonderful for all age groups.

Each garden will attract a different selection of birds. Learning to recognise the diverse species, what to feed them and how to provide a safe haven is very rewarding.

Sharing knowledge with children about different types of birds, their behaviours and identification can help to instil a sense of responsibility, and understanding for the preservation of nature for the future.

Psychological benefits from interacting with nature

Bring a sense of well being.

A garden buzzing with bird life, whilst they ‘zip about” from shrub to feeder and back again will fill our outdoor space with life.

The psychological benefits from this interaction is one of the reasons why bird feeding is growing in popularity.

It is known that watching birds makes people feel relaxed and closer to nature, reducing stress levels and feeding birds more regularly out of concern for their welfare can bring a deeper connection with nature.

Photography

Tempting birds to just outside your window brings willing subjects close for capturing great pictures.

Getting that ‘great shot’ is often a game of preparation and patience, how lovely to sit in the comfort of your own garden, back yard or at a window and have your models come to you.

Pest Control

Birds are brilliant at helping limit the numbers of garden pests.

Blackbirds and thrushes will hunt out snails and slugs hiding under leaves, and others will eat thousands of insects especially in the spring whilst feeding their young.

Seed eating birds can contribute to keeping a weed free garden by eating up the seeds of many flowering plants that are left to go to seed.

It follows that a garden teeming with wildlife will become a haven for birds, read our gardening tips for creating a bird friendly space.

…..and sometimes it just feels good – to do something for the good of it!

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