The long, cold nights of winter are especially harsh for the little birds that live in your garden. Some birds pack up and migrate to warmer climates in Africa, but many stay behind in Britain, including tits, robins, starlings, sparrows, wagtails and finches.
While we snuggle up with a duvet and a hot chocolate, the birds have to brace the elements. To survive in freezing temperatures, birds need to eat lots of rich, high-fat food to keep their bodies warm. But that’s harder than ever when most plants are dying or winding down.