Winter bird spotting: the must have feed for encouraging wildlife

Attract birds to your garden with the right food

Robin, voted as Britain's national bird
Robin, voted as Britain's national bird

Attract birds to your garden with the right food

As the nights are starting to turn a bit lighter, Brits are being encouragedd to provide bird feed to contribute to the health of some of Britain' s favourite wildlife.

Experts at are offering nature lovers the best bird feed to have on hand this winter and the bird breeds that can be spotted in the colder months.

Following the autumn migration, birds residing in gardens across the country change. The commonly spotted garden breeds are joined by birds from Russia and Scandinavia.

A spokesman for said: “Providing bird food is a small but crucial way people from the UK can contribute to the health of British wildlife. It is a vital source of energy for the small creatures and helps them to feed their young and keep the wildlife alive.

“It is best for nature lovers to place food in a bird feeder or bird table in a quiet spot in the garden. If possible, the food should be placed away from the ground to avoid being taken by cats or other larger animals.”’s best feed for garden birds:


Small insects such as dried mealworms, crickets and earthworms are ideal for many British bird species.

Protein sources

High protein foods such as sunflower hearts, nuts and suet are essential for garden wildlife throughout the winter for building body fat and muscle mass. These foods, however, can be unhealthy when provided in large amounts. Bird lovers should ensure they aren't putting out large quantities and provide a healthy balance with different types of food.


Birds rely on berries for much of their health and so they should be included whenever setting out bird feed in the garden. Mixed bird feed that includes berries are extremely beneficial to sparrows, robins and thrushes.

Most commonly seen birds in winter:


Robin, voted as Britain's national bird

Voted as Britain's National Bird, they can be recognised by their red chests and tiny stature.


Chaffinch - a common breeding bird (photo: AlekseyKarpenko -

Common breeding birds who are well adapted to urban living and often spotted in gardens as well as woodland areas.


Brambling - often seen in large flocks (photo: Sander Meertins -

Often seen travelling in large flocks, these finches migrate to the UK for the winter.


Goldfinch - easily spotted by their red faces (photo: Stef Bennett -

Easily spotted by their red faces, Goldfinches can often be spotted at garden feeders in the WInter months.


Male of Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), isolated on white background (photo:

Often seen in pairs or small groups, these stunning birds are the most striking of British finches.