RSPB Asks Public To Increase Bird Feeding

Fieldfares have moved into urban gardens in numbers, seeking refuge from the snow and ice (Anthony Morris/RSPB).

The harsh effects of ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ are driving desperate wild birds into gardens in search of food. Across the country large numbers of winter thrushes such as Fieldfares and Redwings are turning up on lawns as the temperature plummets.

Redwings and their larger cousins, Fieldfares, usually spend the winter roaming the British countryside in search of berries and other fruit. However, at this point in winter much of this natural food supply will have been used up. With the weather having dramatically worsened for much of the country in recent days, these hungry birds have moved into gardens for food, water and shelter.

The RSPB’s Jamie Wyver said: “We are getting a lot of phone calls and social media messages from people reporting these birds in their gardens. It’s quite unusual to see this and it shows the harsh weather conditions are really affecting them. You can help these beautiful visitors get through this cold snap by putting out fruit like apples and pears, crumbled cheese or suet, and mealworms. Remember they’ll need water too, so keep your bird bath topped up and ice free.”

Redwings and Fieldfares will remain in Britain until the end of March, when they return to Iceland and northern Europe to nest.

For tips and activities on how to help birds and wildlife in your garden all year round, visit www.rspb.org.uk/homes

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