Feed the birds during the snow and cold snap
With sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow now upon us the RSPB is asking people to help feed wild birds as they struggle for survival.
During cold snaps birds become more vulnerable and are more likely to come into gardens to seek refuge.
When temperatures drop below freezing, birds struggle to find the natural food they need to stay alive and have to rely on us to help them out.
The charity recommend people provide food like meal worms, fat-balls, crushed peanuts, dried fruit, seeds and grain to compensate for birds' natural food which is covered in snow and ice and impossible to get to.
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Leftovers like grated cheese, porridge oats, soft fruit, unsalted bacon, cooked rice, pasta and the insides of cooked potatoes are also a good source of energy for garden birds, and water for both drinking and bathing is vital.
Richard James, one of the RSPB's wildlife advisors, said: 'The sudden drop in temperatures will have been a big shock to birds' systems after spending the past couple of months with few worries in terms of food availability. Thanks to the recent mild weather, many natural food sources have been readily available and water has been easy to come by. Now the snow and ice are here birds will need all the help they can get to survive the winter.'
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place next weekend (January 26-27) and this year the charity hope even more people will get involved in the world's biggest wildlife survey
To take part, people are asked to spend just one hour at any time over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting the highest number of each bird species seen in their gardens or local park at any one time. They then have three weeks to submit their results to the RSPB, either online or in the post.