PEOPLE are being reminded of the importance of feeding birds during the winter months.
Leaving out food for birds all year round gives people an opportunity to marvel at their behaviour close-hand and helps to provide the birds with proteins and vitamins.
But in the winter it is more important than ever and helps birds overcome periods of natural food shortage.
With temperatures plunging, the hard-working staff at RSPB Saltholme, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, scatter grains around the frozen waters for ducks and geese to enjoy, and people are reminded they can do exactly the same.
In severe weather, residents are even urged to feed birds twice a day, once in the morning and again in the early afternoon.
High fat foods help to maintain the fat reserves of the birds and help them survive the frosty winter nights.