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Look After Our Feathered Friends!

16 Jan 2024

When temperatures plunge here are three simple ways you can help garden birds battle through the freezing conditions.

Prepare a feast

When its really cold, birds need more energy to stay warm. But in winter there’s less daylight to find food and many of their usual sources run low. You can help by providing food in your outdoor space. Kitchen scraps like mild grated cheese, bruised fruit, cooked rice, unsalted bits of hard fat, roast potatoes and dry porridge oats go down a treat with garden birds. Or you can make your own full-fat high-energy bird cakes. The other option is buying calorie-rich foods like mixed seed, sunflower seed, nyjer seed and good quality peanuts. There are some foods you should avoid putting out as they can be dangerous for birds. Cooking fat from the roast mixes with meat juices during cooking to make a runny, greasy mixture. This sticks to feathers and stops them from being waterproof. Also avoid dried coconut, cooked porridge oats, milk, and mouldy or salted food.

Keep it fresh

Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing all year round. When the big freeze hits, try and keep your bird bath ice-free and topped up with fresh, clean water. Keeping your feeders clean is also essential to help reduce the spread of disease. The RSPB recommends cleaning them once a week with a mild detergent solution, such as washing-up liquid. Remember to wear gloves and get rid of any unused or mouldy food.

Provide shelter

When the bitter wind begins to bite, garden birds need somewhere to shelter from the cold. Planting dense hedges such as privet or hawthorn or letting ivy and holly grow will provide a great place for birds to roost in and shelter from the elements. Nestboxes are also in demand on cold winter nights, with birds cosying up together for communal warmth. The record number of birds found in one box is 63 wrens!

Air Quality Project

14 Dec 2023

Find out how clean our local area is – click here to see our local air quality map
Following on from the brilliant air quality investigations our eco ambassadors have been doing this term, we’re so pleased to announce the launch of the new Redbridge community air quality map!
Our school is contributing to this map, putting up diffusion tubes each month, which test nitrogen dioxide levels in the air (a key urban pollutant). Other diffusion tubes have been put up by residents, so that by working together we can see a detailed picture of air pollution in the area.
Please take a look. It’s so interesting to see where the pollution hots spots are, and which roads are the cleanest around our school.
If you’d like to help by putting up a tube and have a location in mind, please contact the school office or email air@mappingforchange.com directly to order a tube. You can put one up at a place that matters to you, such as your balcony or garden, a park or a bus stop you use. Find out how easy it is to put up a tube on this video Setting Up a Diffusion Tube | We Care for Our Air Redbridge
Our 12 Eco Ambassadors also gave an assembly to their parents and Years 3&4 last week about this important project.
We also had a special Bling Your Bike, Bag or Scooter Day to encourage everyone to use a more sustainable way to travel to school.
There are online focus groups running to discuss the campaign resources, and we’d like to hear your thoughts as a parent. Please email jennifer@pwlcprojects.com to sign up or find out more.
Find out more:‐ We Care for Our Air Redbridge | Let's Talk Redbridge
Community air quality map: https://ourair.communitymaps.org.uk/welcome
Please follow the project on twitter: @Wecareforourair