Garden Centres Trade Sections
Cash & Carry

Caring for Garden Birds All Year Round

Most of us who love our gardens also love the wildlife they attract – butterflies, bees and birds and more.

By choosing the right plants, you can easily create a garden to support insect life. But when it comes to caring for our feathered friends, some extra help with food, water and shelter can help encourage a fantastic range of bird life into your back garden.

Our guide offers helpful tips on what you can do all year around to care for the birds in your garden.

When to Feed Birds?

According to birdcare experts, like Westland Horticulture, wild birds should be fed all year round. This is so:

Birds have different feed and care need depending on the season.

Summer Bird Care

As the days get longer and the temperature rises the ground becomes harder, making it more difficult for birds to source worms. On hot days, birds need extra water – just as we do – to stay hydrated and maintain a cool body temperature.


Autumn Bird Care

Autumn is a season of transition for birds. Some will be seeking food to fuel their long migration. Others moult in preparation for winter. With days getting shorter, there is limited daylight for them to seek out the sustenance they need. This is the season to support them with extra food and clean water in a safe environment.


Winter Bird Care

The cold winter months, when frost and snow may be on the ground, make it hard for birds to find natural food sources. Bird foods with a high fat content help provide the energy needed to survive the winter months.


Spring Bird Care

Spring is the key breeding season for birds. With many natural habitats in decline, birds are often in need of some friendly help. Migratory birds will be arriving back and, having expended tens of thousands of calories, will need feeds that are high in protein and essential oils to refuel their bodies after the long flight


Which Bird Feed?

Birds appreciate a wide range of foods. By putting out a selection of seed blends and suets you can attract a variety of species. To ensure a constant supply of food, put out feed twice a day in the morning and afternoon.

These are the favoured snacks of some of our most-loved species:

Food Not to Give to Birds

A number of foods are unsuitable and even deadly for wild birds:

Helpful Hints All Year Around

Dining Spots
Like humans, garden birds all have their preferred places to eat. Some love feeding on the ground, others in the trees, some happily in the open and others only under cover. To attract a wide range of birds to your garden, provide a variety of feeding sites and types.

Keep it Clean
Every year, birds die as a result of diseases caught from dirty water bowls and bird feeders. To keep your birdlife healthy, keep your feeders and water bowls clean. Rotate feeding areas around the garden to prevent bacteria building up on the ground and clean feeding areas with a mild disinfectant.

Water With Care
A clean, fresh, water source will bring birds flocking to your garden – to bathe in, as well as to drink. Make sure water bowls are placed away from predators, at a safe height and away from bushes. Top water up regularly and watch out for water sources freezing during winter.

Related Content

Hillier Guide Put Up a Nest Box » Read More
Hillier Guide Garden Care in Frost » Read More
Hillier Guide Perfect Summer Garden » Read More