Being outdoors, whether that be going for a walk or simply pottering about in the garden has always done wonders for our physical health
The positive effects of being in contact with nature on a daily basis are now more apparent as increasing research studies suggest the boost to your mental health can be considerable. Over the last thirty years, CJ Wildlife has developed an outstanding range of food, bird feeders, nest boxes and wildlife products and their customers share the joy they experience when participating in and nurturing nature. It brings a sense of wellbeing, boosts self-esteem and creates a bond with wildlife. The simple act of feeding and watching birds can be the most basic daily routine but can help with reducing anxiety, stress and depression, and become a hobby that brings people together.
Garden birds are the easiest to feed and are the most appreciative recipients of your endeavours. Incorporate bird-influenced mindfulness into your day – it gives you time to sit and be in the moment watching nature. Even when the weather is poor, window feeders are the answer – you can still sit indoors and look out with anticipation and enjoyment.
You don’t need a large garden to make it work and don’t be limited to where you feed your birds. The SingingFriend range is both compact and stylish and can work anywhere, including balconies and courtyards with products that can be positioned on walls, fences, trees and even windows. The FeedR and Evie models come with a Velcro strap so do not need nails which makes them perfect for drainpipes too. Plus, the Sam Suet Bar and Anna Peanut Cake Feeder make great inexpensive eco options as they’re made from recycled materials.
Birds welcome a range of foods which also attract a greater species so ensure they have a buffet with a selection of foods such as Hi-Energy No Mess Seed Mix, Sunflower Hearts, Peanut Butter for Birds, Peanut Cakes and Ultimate Fat Balls. You can feed these all year round as they come to rely on your supplementary feeding when natural sources are scarce or if competition for food is high.
Observing and caring for garden birds will brighten the darkest of days and ensuring the feeders are topped up will definitely brighten theirs! Revel in your own space and create a haven, no matter how small a plot you may have to attract wildlife and improve both the wellbeing of nature and your own.
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