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Winter garden is still atwitter

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Spare a thought for those handy helpers who live outside on your property.


28 Jun 2020
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Winter garden is still atwitter

Birds around a bird feeder made from a Coke bottle in Johannesburg, South Africa. From left to right, a male Southern Masked Weaver, a male Cape Sparrow, a female Cape Sparrows, and two male Cape Sparrows. It is midwinter, so the birds are in on-breeding plumage. Picture: Derek Keats, Wikimedia

While we snuggle up indoors, spare a thought for all the garden creatures that also need shelter from the cold and food to give them energy. Even when nothing appears to be going on in the garden, it is full of wildlife, with birds, bugs, and creepy crawlies. For the Birds Providing food and water for birds not only helps them to survive, their presence brings a winter garden to life. Advice from Marlaen Straathof, of Kirchhoffs Seeds, which supplies feeders, bird feed products, nesting logs and wild bird seed, is to put out a variety of food that caters...

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