Feed the birds

Ranger supervisor John Swallow (left) with Summerhill co-ordinator Tony Davison at the bird feeding station
Ranger supervisor John Swallow (left) with Summerhill co-ordinator Tony Davison at the bird feeding station

NATURE reserve workers are appealing for people to feed the wildlife during the current cold snap.

Summerhill Country Park, a 100-acre council-run site off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, is seeking donations of bird food.

The site, which is also used for a range of outdoor activities, is home to a variety of birds and food can be scarce during the winter.

Summerhill co-ordinator Tony Davison said: “This winter has been quite mild compared to recent years but nevertheless finding food can be quite a challenge for wildlife.

“Forecasters are also warning of a cold snap this weekend with frost and, possibly, some snow predicted so the situation could be about to get much more difficult.”

Summerhill’s landmarks include a bird feeding station which attracts many different species. However, the site is also home to a wide variety of bird life.

Mr Davison is asking people to purchase and donate ready-made bird food, but he also said people could have fun making their own food using a mixture of lard, seeds and mixed fruit.

He said people could also help by purchasing special sets of greetings cards featuring pictures of wildlife from the office at the visitor centre.

The cards cost £1.50 for five or £3 for 10 and the proceeds of any sales will be used to buy bird food.