Wild birds need all the help they can get, especially at this time of year when food is scarce and temperatures plummet. We can all do our bit to help by feeding them, but how many of us do? For this week’s survey we decided to find out.
We asked 5,031 children the following question: “Do you and your family regularly feed wild birds?” This is rather a broad statement. “Regularly” could mean once a week but it gives us a general idea of how many families in Britain do feed wild birds.
Here are the results:
So, approximately one third of households regularly feed wild birds. As a nation which considers itself to be made up of animal lovers, that is disappointing.
You may be thinking “Why should I feed the birds? It makes no difference.” Well, the truth is that feeding wild birds helps both them and you. Here’s a list of just a few ways that feeding birds is a good idea…
Hopefully you are now convinced that feeding wild birds is a good idea. If so the next question to ask is what to give them. There are a few options:
So now you know what birds like to eat, but what should you NOT feed them? Here’s a list of foods to avoid…
These lists are in no way comprehensive. There are many things you can feed to birds, and many which you should not. For better advice visit the RSPB website.
Another thing you may be interested in is a nest box to encourage birds into your garden. This article is full of ideas.EXPLORE THE WORLD OF CHILDREN’S SURVEYS
Here are the results from the 5,031 children who answered our question "Do you and your family regularly feed wild birds?". The survey was conducted in the week ending 7th February 2021.
|Do you and your family regularly feed wild birds?||Percentage of Respondents|