Don’s Tips: Winter For Wild Birds


Winter Birds

Winter For Wild Birds

With winter now here many insect-eating birds will be scrounging for food as there aren’t many insects around in winter.

You can help.  If you get a plastic compost bin, one of the round ones like an up-turned bucket, you can feed the birds.

As you put compost in, the temperature rises inside and many insects will begin to breed.  If you leave the lid slightly ajar, many flying insects like vinegar flies will constantly escape.  Insect-eating birds like blue wrens will soon learn that this is a free take-away restaurant for them.

Fill the compost bin with kitchen scraps, autumn leaves if there are still any around, hay, straw, lawn clippings and garden weeds.  Soon you’ll have native birds everywhere.  Over winter they’ll have lots of insects to eat.