Get the most from your bird feeders
Once a bird feeding station is up and running, it is just a case of sitting back and enjoying the birds that come to use it. Here are five top tips to get the best out of your feeding station from the BTO's Paul Stancliffe.
House sparrows feed on a garden feeding station
Find what works for you
Provide a daily supply of fresh water, and experiment with different types of food and different types of feeders.
Keep feeder clean
Keep your feeding station clean to prevent the spread of disease; ideally bird tables and the ground beneath should be swept clean daily to remove droppings and any uneaten food.
Store food properly
Store your bird food in a clean, dry and cool environment, this will minimise the risk of fungal or bacterial contamination.
Buy good quality food
Buy your food from a reputable source, this way you can be sure that you are giving the birds the right type of food.
Wash your hands
Always wash your hands after stocking up or cleaning a bird feeding station.
For a free leaflet on Garden Birds, Hygiene and Disease write to, GBW, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU, or telephone 01842-750050.
British Trust for Ornithology: www.bto.org
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