Tuppence a bag

No bird in Britain should be peckish this autumn as the RSPB launches Feed the Birds Day on 28 October.

The campaign, which will coincide with the clocks going back and the onset of colder weather, encourages bird-lovers to put out food and create shelter for birds in their gardens. According to previous research by the charity, more than 60 per cent of Britons already put out treats for garden birds, but we could all do more - by putting up bird tables, window feeders or window boxes containing nectaring plants, for example. Richard Bashford, Feed the Birds Day project manager, suggested that people could "let their gardens go a bit wild" to attract local wildlife. "Just leaving a small area of long grass will encourage insects and provide food for birds," he said. "Planting shrubs and building a pond would also be extremely beneficial."

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