Winter Wildlife Care
FEEDING THE BIRDS:
During the winter, and certainly in subzero temperatures, birds will have difficulty finding food supplies such as insects, seeds, berries etc. An extra bit of care from you will keep them going and hopefully see them through this difficult time. Wild bird seed, peanuts and suet slabs are widely available in shops and garden centers.
If you have a pond in your garden, please check it each day for ice. Toxic gasses can build up in the water when it’s frozen. This may kill fish or frogs hibernating at the bottom of it.
- If the pond freezes over, place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to gently melt a hole in the ice.
- Never tip boiling water straight onto the pond or break the ice with force. This can harm or kill any fish living there.