Common bird feed myths busted
If you're new to making feathered friends by feeding them, there are a couple of myths around which can be confusing, but which are just that - myths.
For example, it's important to realise that giving birds extra sustenance does not mean they become dependent on humans or hand-outs. In fact, research has shown that most wild birds only get around a quarter on average of the food they need this way.
There is also another myth that leaving food out interferes with birds' migration patterns. In fact, for those birds that do migrate, they depend on weather, daylight and instincts to tell them when to leave. Equally, putting out food in autumn gives migrating birds strength for the long journeys ahead.
Finally, there is even a myth that birds' feet will freeze to the perches of metal feeders. Again, not so. Our winged friends' feet are actually well protected against cold weather, even when perching on metal. And there are no sweat glands in the feet providing moisture which would freeze to metal. Instead, feet and legs have scaly tissue with low blood flow to minimise harm from cold.
One thing that is not a myth is that you will get huge pleasure and satisfaction from watching birds at feeders and tables, and learn first-hand about the many different species visiting British gardens.
It's also fact not fiction that, when it comes to wild bird food, it makes sense to go to a good supplier of quality natural nutrition and accessories, and Vine House Farm has one of the best ranges available anywhere online. What's more, every sale helps support Britain's Wildlife Trusts.