It’s that time of year again where mammals and birds could all do with our help, especially when it is frosty and cold. You are also likely to get close up views of garden birds as they become bolder in their search for food and scraps, so always make sure your feeders and bird tables are well stocked. Its possible that less common species such as fieldfares, redwings and woodpeckers may enter gardens now hunting out berries and looking for insect larvae in tree bark.
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Continue to feed mixed seeds and nuts, as well as fat balls, which are a great source of energy for birds. Take a look at our tips on feeding the birds in our video here. Other scraps of food are also welcomed by garden creatures such as foxes and squirrels. Fallen apples can still provide food for hungry creatures too and remember to keep your bird feeders clean and break any ice on bird baths.
January is also a great time to create plans for next years garden, make nest boxes, or plan a new wildlife feature such a mini-woodland or new pond. Winter will give you the opportunity to examine your garden's structure and move any out of place shrubs (as long as the ground isn’t too frozen or wet), but remember not to disturb any creatures which may be hibernating such as hedgehogs, lacewings or ladybirds.