Time to feed our feathered friends

Wild birds have been struggling to find food during the recent cold spell and the general manager of a garden centre is appealing to people to consider them.

Hollybush Garden Centre’s Steve Hallett is asking the public not to forget to feed wild birds in their gardens through this cold spell. Manager Steve Hallett
Hollybush Garden Centre’s Steve Hallett is asking the public not to forget to feed wild birds in their gardens through this cold spell. Manager Steve Hallett

Steve Hallett, from the Hollybush Garden Centre at Shareshill said: “It is important that at this time of the year people consider our wildlife and particularly our smaller birds such as Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins and the Gold and Green Finches.

“During lockdowns people have been enjoying their gardens and the outdoors and many will have spent time watching the birds.

“It is only right that people consider the birds and the difficulties they face at this time.

“Our wild birds are struggling to find natural food at this time of the year and particularly when temperatures have dropped below zero.

“It is important people put out food to help them survive and to help get them in peak condition for the breeding season.

"They need high energy foods such as sunflower hearts, fat balls and peanuts.

“They need plenty of fats to help them survive.

“People should also put out water for the birds either in bird baths or in shallow dishes. We will be open at weekends

for people to get foods birds need.”

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