RSPB asks gardeners to leave natural areas to help wildlife

Daily Echo: A coal tit at a feeder A coal tit at a feeder

AS NIGHTS become colder, birds and other wildlife can be seen preparing for winter.

Wildlife charity the RSPB says most of our summer visitors, such as the warblers and swallows, have left to begin their migration south.

Yet their place will soon be taken by winter thrushes from the north that come to eat the berries left in our hedgerows.

Members of the tit family, like the coal tit, start to flock together and other species become quieter and no longer fight over territories and need warm roosts in the evening.

The RSPB is calling on the residents of Hampshire to consider the wildlife that may come to rely on our gardens for food and shelter.

Samantha Stokes, a spokeswoman for RSPB South East, said: “Although this is a time when gardeners traditionally start to clear up. If you want to encourage and help wildlife, you could adopt a more natural approach.

“Leaving seed heads, especially on plants such as teasels, thistles and sunflowers, and allowing vegetation to die back naturally, provides food and shelter for wildlife through the colder months. Don’t panic – a wildlife-friendly garden doesn't have to be wild and overgrown.”

For more advice about what to do in the garden and when, visit the RSPB’s Homes for Wildlife website rspb.org.uk/hfw.

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10:49am Thu 20 Sep 12

Folkestone Saint says...

For a cheap bird food I chop left-over bread into small peices and soak it in lard. I also use fallen and over ripe apples, just soften them in a pan put lard and bread in then run a blender through and fill those empty coco-nut shells with it, oh and put in the fridge to stiffen. You may also want to ask your neighbours to put bells on their cats collars or expect them to come home wet after having water thrown over them as birds use more energy in the winter and don't need to waste it being chased away from food.
For a cheap bird food I chop left-over bread into small peices and soak it in lard. I also use fallen and over ripe apples, just soften them in a pan put lard and bread in then run a blender through and fill those empty coco-nut shells with it, oh and put in the fridge to stiffen. You may also want to ask your neighbours to put bells on their cats collars or expect them to come home wet after having water thrown over them as birds use more energy in the winter and don't need to waste it being chased away from food. Folkestone Saint

1:14pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Quimbo says...

Ah yes, the good old fat balls. Fat balls and nuts are always seen in the family garden come winter. Only when it's cold though; I don't believe in putting out bird food till the foraging is over. There's plenty of food in the hedges still.

Also, I've seen a couple of hedgehogs recently, in town (Brookvale, near Morrisons).
Ah yes, the good old fat balls. Fat balls and nuts are always seen in the family garden come winter. Only when it's cold though; I don't believe in putting out bird food till the foraging is over. There's plenty of food in the hedges still. Also, I've seen a couple of hedgehogs recently, in town (Brookvale, near Morrisons). Quimbo

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