What is the best food for garden birds?
If you only do one thing this year to support our feathered friends, it should be to provide them with a plenty of nutritious food. High-energy food is essential to keeping birds healthy during our difficult winter months when food is scarce and giving them what they need to survive doesn’t need to be expensive. Garden birds will thrive on kitchen scraps – cheese, dried fruit, porridge oats, cooked pasta and even the fat trimmings from unsalted meat are perfect for sustaining energy levels.
Live mealworms and waxworms are also a perfect nutritious treat for garden birds and are available in most good garden centres.
Or, if you’re feeling creative, baking a batch of suet balls studded with seeds and nuts is simple, nutritious and the mixture can be poured into half a coconut shell or other sturdy container, to be used time and time again. This is a fun activity for the whole family and placing these in your garden will encourage birds to flock in droves!