Wildlife Gardening with Paul Peace

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

What's hot and what's not in the wildlife garden?

This is an ideal time to clean most nest boxes. Few birds nest at this time of year, young birds are no longer returning home, and inspections for next year’s nesting have not yet begun. It is sensible to wear gloves. Any contents, such as nesting materials and unhatched eggs, or chicks that didn’t make it, should be removed. Chemicals are unnecessary – simply wash the box out carefully with boiling water.

Birds lose heat quickly, particularly during the cold nights, so they need plenty to eat. Yet in winter the seeds and berries are soon exhausted and the ground is often frosty, making it difficult for them to obtain food. If you stopped feeding the birds during the autumn booty, this would be a good time to begin feeding again. Perhaps you stored some fruit, berries and nuts in early autumn. These could be offered now - especially during bad weather.

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