Published: 06:00, 15 December 2020
| Updated: 08:15, 19 January 2021
Attract nature into your garden this winter and get a "nature fix" from your window, the RSPB is urging people in Kent.
As people have abandoned their daily commutes and switched to working at home, many have discovered the wonder of birds they can spot from their desks.
But, with winter closing in the RSPB is reminding people how they can feed their garden birds with leftovers, and enjoy seeing more of them visiting too,
More than 60% of the UK population regularly feed their garden birds, the charity estimates.
According to the RSPB, fruits like apples and pears, even when they’re past their best, can
be snapped up by blackbirds and thrushes.
Grated cheese can also be a good source of energy and protein for a range of birds.
Cooked pastry, defrosted peas or unsalted bacon leftovers are also good options, as well as cooked rice, pasta and the inside of potatoes.
Taking an hour to watch which feathered friends make use of your food scraps can often help to reduce stress and restore calm.
For this reason, the RSPB encourages its Breakfast Birdwatch every weekday between 8am and 9am, to encourage people to connect with the nature on their doorsteps.
You can also make your own bird cake by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) onto a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake. Use about one - third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and allow it to set in a container of your choice. An empty coconut shell or plastic cup makes an ideal bird cake ‘feeder’. Alternatively, you can turn it out onto your bird table when solid.
The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and protecting threatened birds and wildlife.
For more ways to invite wildlife into your garden, visit rspb.org.uk