Advice to help our feathered friends

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CHILDREN were invited to take a walk on the wild side with free wild bird workshops at Pets at Home in Scarborough.

The weekend workshops at the Seamer Road store were designed to inform customers about the importance of feeding wildlife this winter, as without this extra food many birds may not survive.

With more than 52 species of birds on the RSPB’s red status list and in danger of extinction such as the cuckoo, song thrush and the starling, it’s never been more important to provide the right food to help them through the long cold winter.

Store Manager Michael Southwick said: “Our workshops will help increase awareness of how to look after our feathered friends at a time when they really need our support.

“With temperatures recently dropping as low as minus 10 in some parts of the UK and bird baths freezing over, it is crucial to keep a fresh supply of drinking water available for them.

“We regularly hold pet workshops at our store and they always prove extremely popular.

“Our store teams are trained to provide advice on the best way to care for all kinds of pets and through these workshops we hope we’ll be doing our bit for the wildlife of Scarborough too.

“It’s fantastic to think we can help teach the next generation to respect the nature on their doorstep.”

Pets at Home’s top five tips for feeding birds are:

1. Put out food and water on a regular basis.

2. In severe weather, feed twice a day if possible, in the morning and in the afternoon.

3. Birds require high energy food (high fat) foods during the cold winter months so use only good quality food and scraps.

4. Adjust the quantity given to the demand and never allow uneaten foods to accumulate around the feeders.

5. Once you establish a feeding routine, try not to change it.