January can often be the coldest month of the year. Wildlife will be looking for food and by now, many of the berries and natural food resources have already been exhausted so wildlife will be on the lookout for food – which makes it even more important.
Always make sure you have bird feeders in your garden filled with seeds and nuts. If you are putting out nuts, don’t use coated or salted, and remember to soak stale bread before you leave it out, so it is easier for the wildlife to swallow.
Make sure your bird bath is always topped up with water and not frozen over, January doesn’t have weather that often tempts you to go outside into the garden, so try and make the most of the bright sunny days that sometimes show.
In January your pond could well be frozen over, preventing air entering the water, suffocating plants and animals.
If your pond is frozen you should resist the urge to smash it, as it could damage your pond lining, any plants underneath and shock any wildlife. To defrost the pond you should pour on some hot water and allow it to slowly melt away the ice.