Over half the population now feed birds during the winter but wild birds can suffer food shortages at any time of year. During the summer birds are busy rearing young, followed by the moult (when they shed and grow new feathers) and a change in the weather at these times can result in sudden food shortages and potential starvation. Part of the reason some people stop supplying wild bird food during the summer is the misconception that birds may become dependent on the garden and become lazy. However, there is now extensive research available that shows this not to be true. The benefit to birds knowing there is a high energy meal waiting for them first thing every morning offers real benefits and can increase local wild bird populations by helping them at critical times, summer and winter.
High energy bird food suitable for summer feeding includes sunflower hearts, peanuts and suet products but even better is our purpose blended Summer Support Mix due to the higher protein and calcium content, both required for successful breeding and moulting.
Winter bird feeding can really help the survival rates of wild birds and at this is the time of year carbohydrates for energy, to keep birds warm, is the overwhelming requirement. As a bird food supplier, this is why we created our Winter Warmer Mix, packing with carbs to give wild birds the energy boost they need to stay warm during long, cold winter nights.