Tips for feeding the wildlife in winter.

12th November, 2019
I love the fact that my little girl enjoys feeding and looking after the wildlife. Being an animal lover myself, this is very important to me, to teach my children respect, care and love for all creatures. We often feed local birds, foxes and squirrels by collecting dried on the radiator bread, left over biscuits, cereal, cooked pasta, rice or couscous, nuts and seeds and taking it down to the park by the end of every week when the bag is full of goodies. In winter this is very important as most birds thrive on seeds since insects and fruit are harder to find naturally during the cold season.

The best foods to offer the park species in colder weather have a high fat or oil content that will provide abundant energy for winter survival.

Nutritious winter foods include:
+ peanuts or peanut butter +
+ black oil sunflower seed +
+ suet mixed with seeds or fruit +
+ millet seed +
+ chia seed +

Other foods you can use include:
 + cooked pasta +
+ cooked rice +
+ oats +
+ sunflower seed +
+ raisins +
+ sultanas +
+ boiled potatoes +
+ cheese +
+ net-free fat or as mentioned above - suet balls +
(which attract a wide range of species and provide a great boost of calories)
+ apples, pears and soft fruit +
+ biscuits +