Feeding wild feeds is a very popular activity in the UK. It has been estimated that around half of adults provide food for wild birds to consume. You don't have to be in a rural location to attract birds to your garden. In fact many peope living in and around cities report seeing a wide array of birds and wildlife.
Some people actually make a note of all the birds which visit their garden and are often quite surpirsed by the sheer variety they get to see.
The benefits for you
Many people find that once they start providing food for wild birds, the number and variety of birds visiting their gardens' increases dramatically. Many people enjoy that feeling of being closer to nature. With peoples' hectic lifesyles these days, it can be a great stress releiver to see man different varieites of birds flocking to your garden and enjoying the food you have put out.
Who feeds birds?
People of all ages love feeding wild birds. It is a great way to introduce children to nature and to develop and real interest in the natural world. Elderly people who perhaps have limited mobility and are unable to keep any other pets often find that feeding wild birds is a great source of pleasure and a way of keeping pets which doesn't invole the responsibilites as with other 'house' pets.
When is best to do it?
This activity can be enjoyed all year round, with the spring and winter months of particular importance, as these are times when birds need extra nutrition to survice cold weather when natural food sources are not as abundant, and when they are breeding in at spring time.
Are there any other benefits?
If you provide food for wild birds then they will of course cosume this with relish. However, another benefit is that alongside this food, they will also be drawn to eat insects in your garden. This can help to provide a level on insect and pest control.
The really great thing about feeding wild birds is that the more people that do it, the more numbers will increase and the more people get to see all the great birds which inhabit our beautiful country.