The Big Garden Birdwatch occurred last weekend and the Big Schools’ Birdwatch is happening right now, up until the 19th February.
With this in mind the STIGA team thought it was the ideal time to share some helpful birdy tips.
STIGA cares for nature. Caring for nature is much easier when you have the right tools to do so in the garden.
Cordless products are quieter and produce no fumes, so that is a wildlife friendly tick right there! When looking at trimming hedges it is always preferable to tread gently and ensure that no birds are nesting in them before hand. It is recommended that hedges should not be cut between March and August, as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds.
But it is always good to check first for birds at anytime of year.
Tips for looking after feathered friends in colder months
- Birds need regular food for difficult winter months, so refill feeders twice a day if needed.
- Encourage birds with food sources such as peanuts, sunflower seeds. Fat balls are great in the winter too to for the protein and carbohydrates that birds need.
- You can make use of winter trees that have no foliage left on them by hanging sliced apples on them. Remove the core, cut the apples into rings and thread twine through the hole, then tie onto the branches.
- Children can make an easy bird feeder by cutting an orange in half and scooping out all the flesh. Make four holes in evenly around the edge to thread string through for tying onto a tree branch and then fill the orange with bird seeds.
- Ask children to list the birds they see in the garden, making a note of their markings. If they are lucky enough to take a photo, they can then try and draw the species.
- Get a map and see if the children can trace where birds are from and where they are going to around the world. Also, look at what different times of year birds migrate and then have fun with your very own bird quiz.
- Make a bug hotel with your children, which will help to house insects, providing a double service; they . This can be as simple as tying together a few lengths of bamboo poles and placing them in a shady, firm ground location.
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