Winter is always perilous for birds, but this year more than most. All gardeners have been affected by the peculiar weather, and so have feathery garden visitors.
“At this time of birds depend heavily on berry and nut crops,” explains Richard James, a Wildlife Advisor for the RSPB. “Plants such as hawthorn, brambles, pyracantha. Crops have been disappointing. They’re late, or lower, than usual. Sweet chestnuts have been struggling, and sloes have been hard to find too.