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Looking for a New Year's resolution? How about helping more birds to fly...

Wednesday, 23rd December 2015

Visit Haith's "Help to Fly" page as they've committed to keeping a range of seeds, feeders and foods available to encourage more people to help birds fly.
The gym membership may help the way the outside world sees us, but what about committing to a New Year's resolution that's good for the soul and great for nature; how about helping more birds to fly? They always need a helping hand. Haith's will help you to get started plus they'll contribute to the cost with their "Help to Fly" range of seeds, feeders and foods.

Give birds a helping hand

There's much written about the benefits of feeding the birds; supplementary bird feeding presents a helping hand when "natural" food is scarce. 

Often, this scarcity can be at times of the year when birds require nutritional enrichment such as during the breeding season when dry spells can harden the ground and make it near impossible for ground feeding birds to extract worms - leading to a protein deficiency in the diet when protein is needed for youngsters to develop healthily.
However, there's very little written about the enjoyment people who feed the birds experience in return for feeding wild birds. It's almost as if it's supposed to be a chore. (Not so for Mrs Downing (photographed below) as she lovingly prepares suet balls for her birds). 



"Well, it's most certainly a routine task when done correctly," explains Simon King, Associate Director of Haith's, "however; I'd never suggest that it is a chore. Although I do accept that we all have a certain responsibility to feed wild birds because - amongst other things - their habitat has been gradually destroyed leaving their future predominantly resting on their ability to adjust from "wild" to "garden" birds." 

More than half of the UK's population feed wild birds and the truth is, it's fun! It's rewarding and enthusiasts get a great deal of satisfaction from observing bird behaviour and feeding habits as species learn to live (and dine) together. "Some days it's happy families - other days it's pistols at dawn and survival of the fittest, which in bird language often means survival of the biggest. That said I've seen one or two Robins square up to much larger species when there are mealworms on the bird table!” says Simon. "There's rarely a dull moment in a busy bird garden."
If you enjoy photography, you may get even more enjoyment from feeding the birds as the hobbies go hand in hand as can be seen from this montage of photos submitted by bird feeding enthusiasts...
 
Attracting birds to your garden
 
If you're reading this and wondering if feeding the birds is for you, it is. It's definitely for you and it's definitely for all of us.

 
 
It doesn't matter how big or how small your garden is. All that matters is that you do it. Take the leap and start a New Year's resolution that a). you can easily keep, b). that makes a difference to nature and conservation, and c). you will enjoy. 

"What could be more enjoyable than helping more birds to fly
this New Year?" asks  Simon King. "Give me a charm of Goldfinch raiding a bird feeder bursting with juicy sunflower hearts, and I'll leave the treadmill and Lycra running shorts to those who look better in motion than me. I'll keep fit by filling the feeders and watching the birds as they prepare for the breeding season. That's got to be better than Celebrity Big Brother any day of the week." 

How to get started:
 

Visit Haith's "Help to Fly" page as they've committed to keeping a range of seeds, feeders and foods available at special prices to encourage more people to help birds fly.

Happy New Year 

Simon and all at Haith's 

 

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