It kind of seems like it should have been an alright year for our feathered friends, eh? Lots of rain, meaning lots of growth, meaning lots of insects for the birds to feed on? Well, in fact, many of our birds have had a really tough time this year. It’s been too cold and too wet too often at the wrong times, and the truth is that they need our help as much as they ever have. Many of the berries, fruit and seeds they depend on have actually not formed or rotted away. Nests have been washed away, and young birds drowned, so do your bit and get a couple of bird feeders up, filled with nice treats. They’ll reward you with a fascinating show in the months ahead when everything else in the garden is just a little lacking in colour.