Helping Wildlife Through Winter

Here at Instant Scenery, we are approaching our 6th winter of gardening and keeping grounds maintained in and around Worcestershire. As the leaves begin to fall, we need to keep in mind the local wildlife as the seasons change.

Following these simple tips will not only encourage the amount of creatures in your garden or commercial space, but also help them to thrive during the colder months.

Birds

Garden birds like to feed all year round but in winter through to mid spring, they need to eat foods with a high fat content to help keep them warm. Make sure that you leave food out regularly otherwise birds will waste vital energy revisiting your garden when it’s empty. Fat blocks in wire cages, chopped bacon fat and even grated cheese can be a good addition to your grain and nut mix.

Some birds like Thrushes, Robins and Blackbirds favour fruit over nuts. Over-ripe apples, frozen berries and raisins are a good choice.

Looking After Other Creatures

  • Check bonfires before they are lit for sheltering animals such as hedgehogs and frogs
  • In late winter, clean out bird boxes so they are ready for new nests.
  • Melt a hole in the ice on ponds to allow the wildlife to drink as well as get in and our of the water. Do not hit or crack ice as this can send shockwaves through the water, harming wildlife. Use a hot saucepan to melt the ice gently instead.
  • If you don’t have a pond, put a small dish at ground level for wildlife to drink.

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