Winter is not as bleak as you may think when it comes to wildlife spotting! Whilst many animals are hibernating, or have migrated South to escape the cold, for many other animals, the UK is actually a refuge from even colder places! Short-eared Owls for example can be spotted in winter, the marshes at Parkgate on the Wirral are a great local spot to see these owls, especially during the winter "Spring Tides", where you can spot Harriers, Owls and even Peregrines, all during the day!
But you can see an increase in wildlife from your own living room window! Feeding your garden birds over winter is great for many reasons. Firstly, there is very little food left on farmland, trees are no longer fruiting, grasses have died down etc, so our native birds are forced to congregate around reliable food sources. Making your garden a reliable source can mean a huge increase in visitors to it over winter! Secondly, by providing that reliable food source, you can keep your local population in a much healthier condition, increasing the likelihood of these birds nesting and laying larger clutches of eggs, and hopefully increasing their success rate at rearing the young chicks!
Higher calorie foods such as suet, black sunflower seeds, and peanuts are a great choice to offer birds over winter, in particular, attracting species such as Woodpeckers, Finches & Tits. You can also give Nyjer seed to attract Siskins & Goldfinch.
There's so much to see in our own gardens, even the humble Robin - which we photographed for the start of this post - who is not necessarily a permanent resident of your garden! Some Robins are migratory birds too!
British birds can be beautifully coloured too, although some say our birds are boring, when you look closely even at our common species, you can see it's just simply not true! Have a look at the beautiful colours on this Chaffinch we photographed:
Or on this Goldfinch:
Or the Blue Tit, never overlook just how beautiful our garden birds are, and enjoy seeing them flourish in your own garden!