How to look after your garden wildlife in January
The frost will be biting in January and, if you feed your birds, you will find your garden has many visitors. This month continue feeding the birds high energy foods- simple things to try are smearing peanut butter on a branch or a pine cone, or popping out old apples from your fruit bowl - our blackbirds in particular love them! Birds are nervous and creatures of habit so give them a week to settle in and place your apples / peanut butter treats in the same place each day so they can get familiar with your garden treats.
Break the ice on the bird baths in the morning and prevent your pond freezing over by placing a ball on the top - this will work during a light frost but in harsher weather you will need to break it with a spade / stick.
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