How to help garden birds during harsh weather
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds NI (RSPB) has asked people to help their garden birds during the exceptionally cold temperatures by topping up feeders, putting out fresh water and providing shelter.
After benefiting from mild January weather, the charity said yesterday that the so-called `Beast from the East' could spell doom for garden birds in the north.
The charity said prolonged periods of cold weather can leave birds vulnerable as natural food sources become harder to come by and water sources freeze over.
Joanne Sherwood, RSPB NI Director, said: "Many of our favourite garden birds such as starlings, robins, house sparrows, blue tits and blackbirds will be shocked by this sudden cold snap. Birds will be desperately searching for food, water and shelter to survive.
"We are seeing lots of aeroplanes being grounded in Northern Ireland because of this weather, but our feathered friends will have to keep flying regardless and in these freezing conditions they will need your help.
"Birds don’t need much but by providing food, a supply of unfrozen water and somewhere to shelter from the elements, you will be rewarded with great views of wildlife in your back garden".