It might be wet, soggy and a little grey outside but it's actually the perfect time of the year to encourage birds into your garden. It's not hard, but it's so rewarding.
Feeders : Hang up a variety of feeders, seeds, nuts, and fat balls are popular in our garden. Each encourages a different bird into the garden. You can even make your own feeders using lard, seeds, nuts and raisins.
Bird baths : During the winter months check the water hasn't frozen over and top up regularly.
Bird boxes : We have a few in our garden some gorgeous wooden beach hut style ones high up on the house so our cat can't get them! We also have our homemade milk carton ones dotted around too.
It shouldn't take too long before you start to see lots of birds hanging out. So why not develop your child's interest further with a Wild and Wonderful Bird Watching Kit (RRP: £12.99)
24 identification cards, mini folding binoculars, notebook and pencil, feeding recipes and tips.
This half term has been a wash out with rain and a very poorly Megan, but Moo has still had fun with his bird watcher kit.
Using the notebook and identification cards start listing what birds you see. The cards also give details about what they eat and some specific characteristics. We have been visited recently and now daily by a nuthatch, Charlie used the cards to identify what they were eating and why they hang upside down and the usefulness of their odd shaped bill. You can then tailor your feed to try and encourage new birds type if you want. It's interesting to see what is popular in the garden, we find milliworms get left in piles untouched!
Use the code MOO15 on Wild and Wonderful for 15% off everything valid until 1st December 2015.