Set up feed­ers

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One of the great­est gar­den­ing plea­sures for me is watch­ing the birds come to the feed­ers that we place out­side the kitchen win­dow. We pro­vide a range of treats for them, in­clud­ing sun­flower seeds, fat balls, nuts and grain. Some are put in hop­pers, oth­ers hung from the branches of large trees, and yet more set into the cracks and crevices of gnarled logs and branches that we place on the stone ta­ble for that pur­pose. We also pro­vide a shal­low dish of wa­ter that we keep topped up and un­frozen dur­ing cold weather. The re­sult is a con­stant busy flurry of feed­ing birds, in­clud­ing wood­peck­ers, black­caps, fam­i­lies of long-tailed tits and siskins, as well as the more com­mon song­birds, tits and finches that all year round in the gar­den. The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber when feed­ing birds is that once you start, you need to keep up a reg­u­lar sup­ply. Dur­ing cold spells and when other sources of food are scarce, the birds will ex­pend valu­able en­ergy fly­ing to your feeder, which is wasted if there is noth­ing for them when they ar­rive. It is bet­ter to pro­vide a smaller but con­stant sup­ply than an ir­reg­u­lar burst of largesse.

VISIT gar­den­er­sworld.com/ wildlife for more tips on en­cour­ag­ing birds

live Top up your bird feed­ers reg­u­larly, and hang them where you can see them eas­ily from the house

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