Things to do...

There's a new Andean Bear cub at Chester Zoo!

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Get Active with Animals...

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Robins are the UK's favourite bird - here's a lovely poem about robins and how you can encourage them to your garden. More Info

Feed the birds

Feed the birds.....

You may remember the first two verses from the song Feed the Birds**  from Mary Poppins, sung by Julie Andrews in the film:

Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people
She calls, "Come, buy my bags full of crumbs"

"Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry, their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you"

These days our birds are just as grateful for the food and shelter we give them in the garden or from window feeders

There are lots of benefits for us as well!

The Complete Bird Spotters Kit available from the National Trust Online Shop

The Complete Bird Spotters Kit 
available from the National Trust Online Shop for £8.99

So here are some benefits of feeding the birds in your garden:

  1. Enjoy watching them feast on the food you've given them - you're helping them and caring for them.  It's a very restful and enjoyable way to spend an hour or more or less... In fact, it's like having access to your own nature show only better because you've made it happen and you're having a direct impact on the birds and wildlife in your garden

  2. Enjoy discovering which birds come to visit your garden - we love working out which bird species is which!  Build your knowledge about which birds come to visit - you'll be well prepared to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch in January for the RSPB (you only need an hour to take part). 

  3. We've found the greater the variety of food you put it, the greater the variety of bird species come to visit!  We've had sparrows, wood peckers, robins, blackbirds, blue tits and even a barn owl come to our garden

  4. You can escape from your world into the world of wildlife - watching them can help you forget the irritations and worries of life.  And you're really helping wildlife and our feathered friends. 

  5. Everyone can get involved whatever age 

  6. You don't need a garden to feed the birds - you can do it with a window bird feeder

  7. It can be a great way to introduce children to the joys and wonders of wildlife and to caring for them.  
Feed the birds - click here to fly away to the RSPB's online shop

Fly away to the RSPB's online shop to buy all sorts of things for the birds in your garden 

You can easily order bird feed, bird nesting boxes and bird water baths online at a number of online retailers such as the RSPB's online shopGarden Wildlife DirectGarden Bird, and Zooplus (who also cater for pets if you want to combine your shopping). 

If you want to feed ducks, please don't give them bread - it isn't good for them. The Canal and River Trust says you can give them corn, left over lettuce, left over rice, seeds, frozen peas and sweetcorn (defrost them first), Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats

Just starting out with bird feeding? 

There's no need to make all this complicated - you can start with a simple bird feeder and wild bird feed.  Fill up your feeder and hang it somewhere cats can't reach it, then wait for the birds to come.   You can always get more adventurous later e.g. with coconut halves which the birds in our garden adore - they certainly encouraged the woodpeckers in. 

Most bird sites will have advice to help you get started and some also have starter kits, but don't be put off by the range of goods and food on offer.  (I can see a couple of magpies hopping round the garden as I type this (it's August).  

It all becomes very addictive - I can't wait to see who's visiting the feeders in the garden when I get home!  (Yes, we've graduated from one bird feeder to a complete dining station and we're absolutely loving the impact it's having on wildlife.)

Must dash - the feeders are empty again!  


Always remember to wash your hands after feeding the birds or cleaning out bird baths and feeders etc.  

**Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/