Food supply for our wild birds is normally fairly low during winter and early spring but shortages can happen any time during the year. Feeding the birds is simple and won't take up too much time, its also a lovely activity to do with children. Once birds get used to finding food in your garden they will keep returning for more.
Bird tables are a good traditional choice for feeding. If you wanted to attract a larger variety of birds consider using a feeding station which can be used to feed many different types of food.
Place food out first thing in the morning, this gives the birds enough daylight hours to find it (especially during winter). Also make sure there is a clean unfrozen supply of fresh water to drink and bathe in.
Clean bird tables/feeding stations regularly, dirty tables and feeders can harbour disease. Brush off old or wet food when replacing with new. Scrub the feeders with a bird table cleaner every few weeks, we have one available in store for £4.99.