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We may have enjoyed a plentiful Christmas table, but nature is sometimes not so generous. Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Hawk Honey, visitor officer at Lackford Lakes, tells us how to help our feathered friends in winter

As the overnight temperatures begin to plunge and the various weather reports threaten icy blasts from the cold north, bear a thought in mind for our wildlife, in particular, our birds.

This is a harsh time of year for wildlife and when you only weigh a few grams, cold can be a very lethal factor on a nightly basis. So, it is important that we help our little feathery friends by supplying them the protein and fat rich food they need to help them survive.

Different birds eat different foods, yet a good all-round bird food this time of year are sunflower hearts. These are high in fat content and as they have already been de-husked, the birds do not have to waste vital energy getting to the good bit. Sunflower hearts are enjoyed by most birds, including tits, sparrows, goldfinches, robins and more.

Robin by Mike Andrews (25597158)
Robin by Mike Andrews (25597158)

All these birds are also partial to suet feeders and it isn’t uncommon to see suet blocks disappear under a flock of long-tailed tits.

Peanuts are another food that is high in fat and therefore a good winter supplement. Blackbirds, tits, jays and others like peanuts and jays are likely to take them away and stash them for when the weather really kicks in and food gets scarce.

Don’t forget our winter visitors too, such as siskins and redpolls. These finch-type birds really like nothing more than niger seed and as these birds tend to move in large flocks, your feeders will become swamped with them. Keep the food going and they will always come back for more. But stop feeding and it is likely they will find somewhere new to feed.

We stock all the above foods here at Lackford Lakes and the feeders to go with them, including a new range of squirrel-proof feeders, so if you are looking for a new feeder, some food or just some good advice, then pop down to Lackford Lakes today.

Hawk Honey,

Visitor Officer,

Lackford Lakes

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