How to Help Wild Animals Flourish in the Winter

Some animals can find it hard to get through the winter. Everything seems to be against them, lack of food, Cold temperatures and hungry predators on the prowl. But there's things you can do to help them survive the winter...

Steps

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    Put out fat balls for the birds to eat and crush the ice for them to drink! Although it the water may seem freezing, (nothing would want to drink from there!) Water is vital during winter. Make sure the fat balls aren't rock solid when you put them out.
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    Put up nest boxes. The birds can take shelter in these from the bitterly winds. Don't forget to put up different sizes!
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    Get various little houses for toads, hedgehogs. They aren't that expensive. Place them near water or under a hedge.
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    Don't attempt to feed a hedgehog bread, this is really bad for them. Dog food is much better though be careful not to attract rats.
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    Put out peanut butter. Badgers absolutely adore Peanut butter! This even gives you a chance during the night to perhaps see some.
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    However tempting it may be to lift the lid of those houses...don't!
    • If you see a young hedgehog wandering around the garden during winter. It's not meant to be there. Grab some tough gloves and makes a small nest from hay in a guinea pig cage. If the hog appears to be very young contact your nearest wildlife centre.

Tips

  • Put the houses about during October.
  • Check any bonfires for hedgehogs. Numerous hedgehogs are burned because they hibernate inside and bonfire stack.

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Categories: Wildlife