Why Leave Wild Bird Food Out in Winter

Wild Birds

Winter is a difficult time for wild birds, the days are short and cold, food is scarce, and energy is precious. During these months, birds must eat a lot more food in a shorter space of time so that they can survive through until morning.  

Birds need more food during this time as they need more energy and fat to keep warm which makes it difficult when food is in short supply. By feeding birds during the winter months, you are providing them with a constant source of food, so they don’t have to waste energy seeking out insects under layers of snow and ice.   

Hopefully, this will encourage more life to your garden that will return to you in the spring and summer. Birds will also help keep all the unwanted pests away, helping to keep your garden healthier.   

If you are going to be away for a long period of time, make sure you ask a neighbour or friend to refill your feeders as birds tend to become used to your feeders especially in the bad weather when the food you provide may be lifesaving.

Wild Bird Food to Feed During Winter

Black Sunflower Seeds

If you just want to put one type of wild bird food out in your garden, this is the one to go for. Black sunflower seeds are one of the most popular seeds among a wide range of birds. They are full of friendly fats and protein, making them an excellent way to boost your garden birds’ diet. Shop our black sunflower seeds now.

Mixed Wild Bird Food

Feeding a mixed wild bird food is an easy way to start feeding the birds in your garden as it is a great coverall option. It is a blend of energy rich food that during the winter, will help keep the birds warm. Shop our mixed wild bird food now.


These are a highly nutritious and healthy snack for all types of birds. Mealworms are high in calories and protein, making them essential for birds to help maintain their energy. They are also a wild bird food favourite for many. Shop our mealworms now

Bird Peanuts

Peanuts are a perfect wild bird food diet during the winter months as they are full of natural goodness, essential oils and fats, and protein; providing wild birds with high levels of energy that help them to survive during the colder months. Make sure that you only feed them peanuts that are specifically for bird consumption. Shop our bird peanuts now

Niger Seeds

Niger seeds are a good wild bird food option for winter. They are rich in good oils and provide birds with the extra calories they need to keep warm during the cold months. Find your WCF local store to buy these.

If you have a bird bath, it is important to make sure it isn’t frozen during the winter months. Water is just as important as any food. A clean source of water is essential for their wellbeing.

For more information on feeding wild birds during winter, the RSPB has some useful tips.