Horticultural aide memoire No. 51: Feed the birds
Those who enjoy the sight of birds from their windows should continue to feed them, as the fruits of autumn are wearing thin by now. A plentiful supply of grains and mealworms will keep the robins and finches happy. Those, like the dunnock, who are too shy to feed from the table, will tidy up the crumbs from beneath it. Suspended nuts and fatballs will sustain the various titmice and others who have learnt acrobatics. Your rowans and cotoneasters will attract redwings and waxwings in a cold spell. If a passing sparrowhawk nabs a songbird, that’s part of the deal.