Come dine with the birds

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ON SATURDAY it is the RSPB’s seventh annual Feed The Birds Day.

This special day reminds us that there are lots of things we can do to help our garden birds find food through the cold winter months.

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, our garden birds really need our help. This year the RSPB invites you to ‘Come Dine with the Birds’ and host your own wildlife garden party. It’s very easy, just like having friends over for tea! Below are three top tips for your garden dinner party.

1. Menu. The best way to ensure that all of your ‘guests’ arrive when invited, is to work out who likes what, and prepare the best menu for all. Mealworms, fatballs or mixed seeds might not appeal to you, but your robins, blackbirds, blue tits and starlings will love them!

2. Remember to keep tidy. Just as you’d spruce up your house for visitors, it’s a good idea to give feeders, bird tables and water bowls a good clean. Cleanliness is very important, as it can help reduce the spread of diseases that can be picked up and passed on by bird feeders.

3. Drink. You wouldn’t have a dinner party without a refreshing glass of something cold next to the plate. Birds are just the same – but their favourite tipple is cheap and easy. Water every time! And unlike human dinner guests, they might also have a bath in it!

Just follow these easy steps and enjoy watching your garden guests as they keep returning to your dinner party.