Suet Fat Balls for Birds
Back in 1979 the RSPB were looking to evolve a winter activity that would engage their junior members. They settled on a bird survey. This was to involve youngsters recording the birds that they saw in their gardens during a fixed period and on a specified day. The RSPB imagined that a few hundred children would take part and then complete the supplied forms.
Then Blue Peter got involved!
Biddy Baxter, the editor of the popular children’s TV programme, picked up on the idea and publicised it on the programme. The RSB then received over 34,000 completed forms. The popularity of the one-off bird watch saw it become an annual event. It wasn’t until 2001 that adults were invited to join the party.
The Big Watch becomes a Big Deal
is now a really big deal. Hundreds of thousands of people across the nation set aside one hour during the last weekend of January each year to watch and count birds. They can do this in their own garden or, if they don’t have one, they can choose any location.
The Big Garden Birdwatch brings ordinary people closer to nature whilst helping the RSPB to monitor trends. Those taking part are also asked to record the other wildlife that they see. Naturally children remain a big part of the story. The resulting data is invaluable in assessing the state of British wildlife and in evolving plans to address the issues which come to light. Some birds have been shown to be in steep decline whilst the populations of other species have increased.
So What about Suet Balls?
Perhaps you would like to take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. If so, then you will have a better chance of seeing a good number of birds if you provide food for them. This will also help the birds to survive the winter months when food supplies are scarce. Suet fat balls are a great choice of food. The birds love them and they are a valuable source of energy.
Many species of birds relish suet fat balls including tits, sparrows, blackbirds, robins and blackcaps. The balls can be placed in feeders, on tables or broken into pieces and scattered on the ground. The fat balls may be supplied in mesh bags. They should be removed from these as the mesh can trap bird’s feet and beaks causing distress and serious injuries.
Suet Fat Balls – Not Just for Winter
Suet fat balls are traditionally a winter treat for British birds but they are also useful at other times of the year. Birds require an energy boost during breeding, moulting and pre-migration. High fat suet balls are the perfect solution. However, if you do provide fat balls in warm or hot weather then remove any uneaten portions after a short time as they can quickly start to rot in the heat.
The Little Peckers range features a huge variety of suet fat balls. Why not invest in a special treat for the wild birds in your garden?