Dorset - - Dorset Wildlife -

Keep bird feed­ers and wa­ter sources topped up in win­ter, and reg­u­larly clean feed­ers and bird ta­bles as they can be a source of dis­ease for avian vis­i­tors.

Take down any bird boxes and re­move old nest­ing ma­te­rial, un­fer­tilised eggs and any other de­bris that may carry dis­eases.

Late win­ter into early spring is a good time to put up bird boxes in your gar­den, lo­cate them two to four me­ters up a tree, fence or wall, face the box be­tween north and east (avoid­ing di­rect sun) and leave the front clear, so birds have di­rect ac­cess.

A hedge­hog house made from an old wooden wine box

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