Help small birds survive winter

GARDENERS are being urged to keep their gardens well-stocked with food to help visiting wild birds through the winter months.

Birds can lose as much as 15 per cent of their bodyweight overnight – with January and February among the most dangerous months because of the plummeting temperatures.

And, with that in mind, staff at Hastings Garden Centre in Bexhill Road, St Leonards, are telling customers to leave nibbles out to counter dwindling natural food stocks.

Manager, Mark Smith explained: “Garden birds are very important to gardeners as they eat pests, so it’s very important we help maintain the bird population.

“A bird has to stock up on enough food during the day to make it through the night and still have a small surplus. This means that small birds have to feed almost continuously through the colder, shorter days. It is vital that we feed them to help them survive.”