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What to feed the birds all year round

Birds need our help most in winter, but it's important to feed them at other times of year, too. Find out what and when to feed garden birds, in our guide.

Most gardeners feed birds only in winter, when natural food is in short supply. However, by feeding birds throughout the year we can do even more to help them survive.

So what food should you provide? Just as our bodies need a balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates, so do birds. They find most of their food – such as insects, worms, slugs, snails and caterpillars – in the natural environment, but supplementary food in feeders can provide extra help. This is particularly useful when natural sources of food are in short supply, for example if there is too much rain and caterpillars are washed off leaves, or in times of drought, when worms and other grubs retreat far below the soil surface.

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