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.
The good news is that you can help! Many beautiful and popular garden plants double up as life-saving natural food resources for garden birds. Their seeds and berries give birds a sweet snack, while others hide tasty insects in their stems and foliage.
The first rule of a wildlife garden is to leave it natural. Removing all dead stems, leaves and seed heads will eradicate natural habitats that your garden wildlife needs.
Leave stems with seed heads in place – they also give your garden good structure over winter and look great with a coating of frost.
Then add to your garden’s natural bounty. Here are the 10 best plants to feed birds in winter.