Don't leave garden birds frozen out

Garden birds such as these starlings are relying on food left on bird tables and in feeders to keep them alive in the freezing weather, according to the RSPB.

Watch the birdies: the RSPB says bird feeders are vital in the snow
Watch the birdies: the RSPB says bird feeders are vital in the snow

As thick snow covers the ground, birds are unable to penetrate it to find worms and insects, and berry-bearing shrubs and other natural food sources are practically invisible.

The charity says some supporters are filling up feeders more that five times a day as hungry birds strive to keep their energy intake high.

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