Support wildlife in Cold Weather

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It’s getting cold outside…November in the garden is a lovely time of year, autumn leaf piles start to appear and the crisp, twinkling grass in the morning is something we love. There are lots you can do to support birds and wildlife at this time of year. 

Garden Birds

Garden Birds will be looking for foods that are rich in energy and easy to process. So supplying a reliable source of foods such as our Autumn Winter Mix or Natural Suet will support them during the colder, shorter days. Migrants are also about; we’ve seen Redwings arriving, adding fruit to your garden is a hit with the bigger birds like Blackbirds, Thrushes and Redwings. If you want a mix these birds will love choose our Robin & Friends mix

It’s a good idea to have an extra feeder on standby in case a sudden change of weather sees temperatures plummet. The extra feeders will allow more birds to feed at the same time, and extra eyes available to look for danger should allow for more feeding time. Don’t forget if you order in larger amounts we offer free delivery. You might start to hear Tawny Owls after dark, we even heard them in the city of Glasgow last year. Check out the BTO for more information on Owl calls and how you can support the work they are doing on their Owl Projects

Hedgehogs & Amphibians

If the weather suddenly gets mild you might start to see hedgehogs out and about in November. Do be vigilant when it comes to juveniles and if you have any concerns seek advice from the Hedgehog Society. Creating leaf piles, log piles and bug hotels is a great way to support Hedgehogs in your garden. Don’t forget to think about Hedgehog highways too – maybe you and your neighbours could create one. 

Amphibians are also likely to be hibernating in all but the mildest of areas. A few adult common frogs may be active in ponds until the first heavy frosts. Adult frogs may spend the winter at the bottom of ponds. Most amphibians will retreat to winter shelter under log piles, flag stoners or Frog houses if you have one.

Our tips for Winter Gardens

  • Don’t over prune the garden
  • Keep leaves, woodpiles, logs and sticks – create a bug hotel with them or pile them up
  • Start looking at planting out early Spring flowers for Bees & Insects
  • Thinking about planting some berry plants for next Autumn – Rowan, Holly or Ivy are perfect.
  • Get the nestboxes up ready for roosting & nesting season in Spring

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