Garden birds rely on the extra food we give them to stay strong throughout the year.
In Autumn and Winter you should try to put out food and water on a regular basis. In severe weather, feed twice daily if you can: in the morning and in the early afternoon. Birds require high-energy (high-fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights. Use only good-quality food and scraps.
During the summer months, birds require high protein foods, especially while they are moulting but never put out loose peanuts, dry hard foods, large chunks of bread, or fats during the spring or summer months as these can cause problems for chicks in the nest.
(We gratefully acknowledge the RSPB as the main source for this post)