Care homes can help the birds
Residential and Nursing care homes across the UK can really make a difference to birds this winter by providing fresh food and water to help our feathered friends get through the cold period. So if you run or manage a care home why not try it and see how your residents can get involved.
Feeding the birds not only helps many of them to survive, but also provides a meaningful activity that residents can participate in and take the lead on. The outcome of course of all this is that your residents will be rewarded with hours of free entertainment as they watch the many varieties of birds come and go from bird tables and feeders.
Feeding birds in any garden is a popular activity – over half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden. That’s a lot of extra help for the birds!
Providing birds with food will bring them closer for you to watch their fascinating behaviour and really see up close their wonderful colours. Feeding birds is also an ideal way to encourage other wildlife.
If you provide both natural and supplementary food, your garden will be visited year-round by a host of different birds. You can take part in the RSPB Homes for Wildlife scheme and they will give you all the advice you need, especially tailored to your garden, to make your garden into a wildlife haven.
It is important to feed your garden birds responsibly and safely. By following a few simple guidelines, you can play a valuable role in helping your local birds overcome periods of natural food shortage, survive periods of severe winter weather and come into good breeding condition in the spring. All information available on the RSPB website.