You wouldn't have thought so to look out of the window. But as the weather looks set to stay on the colder side for the next few days, at least, we think a helping hand is in order.
Birds, unlike us, have several layers of fluffy down to ensure they are well insulated. However, it is still so important that you provide the best food to give them as their struggle for food becomes more apparent.
The smallest birds, like blue tits and goldcrests, have to effectively feed throughout the hours of daylight in winter and consume a vast quantity of food - as much as 30% of their body weight - to make sure they build the necessary fat reserves to get them through the long, cold nights.
During cold snaps, you will almost certainly notice more birds coming into your garden to seek sanctuary from the harsher environment in the countryside – particularly if you provide food on a regular basis. The variety of species may increase too and you may be lucky enough to attract unusual visitors such as blackcaps and bramblings.
Finding a regular source of high-energy food such as a garden feeding station is the equivalent of winning the lottery for wild birds and a well-stocked garden is a real lifesaver.
Foods such as the suet balls from the RSPB are perfect for the winter weather. They contain mealworm pieces that are added to the premium grade suet, seeds and cereals for extra flavour and nutrition. The versatility of this type of food is what makes it ideal for feeding in cold weather. Start by taking advantage of our buggy coconut shell treat offer and save £6 on a box of 20. http://tinyurl.com/bvofpwd.
As most of you will know, after sending your little one to school dressed as Where's Wally or Harry Potter, today is World Book Day.
A day of celebrating and reading your best-loved books and all time favourites.
So what could be a more fitting day to launch our brand new 'Book of the Month' offer.
For the next month, Madeleine Floyd's book Birdsong will be available for £7.99, £2 off the RRP.
About the book -
A celebration of British birds and their songs, from the sought-after artist Madeleine Floyd. Some 50 of her exquisite drawings of birds, along with their specific eggs are captured here for fans of her work and wildlife enthusiasts. It includes details of the songs and sounds made by each of the birds, from sparrows, tits, to the lyrical nightingale. The latter has up to 250 different phrases in his song and each performance is made up of a unique composition. The art of Madeleine Floyd is beautifully presented in this gem of a book and should delight all bird lovers. About the author -
Madeleine Floyd is one of Britain\'s best-loved artists. She works from her studio in London and is widely commissioned around the world. Madeleine\'s creative talent is one of remarkable depth and diversity. She paints, she draws, she writes and she illustrates.This versatility allows Madeleine to produce hugely successful exhibitions, write and illustrate her own books. She has a particular passion for wildlife.