SPECIAL workshops are being held to lend a helping hand to see our feathered friends through the winter months.
Wildlife experts have become so concerned with the plight of birds during recent freezing temperatures that they are teaching Wearsiders how to protect them.
Pets at Home, which has stores in Washington and Sunderland, has organised special workshops to inform customers about the different needs of wild birds, how their diets should change with the seasons and which species most need help and at what times.
Staff at the pet food, toy and training aid supplier also showed customers how best to use bird feeders, tables and seed to get up close to nature.
Paul Marsh, from the firm’s outlet in The Galleries, Washington, said: “Our workshops help increase awareness of how to look after our feathered friends at a time when they really need our support.
“With temperatures recently dropping as low as minus ten in some parts of the UK and bird baths freezing over, it is crucial to keep a fresh supply of drinking water available to them.”
The RSPB has more than 50 different types of birds - including the cuckoo, song thrush and starling - on its red status list in danger of extinction.
Beth Turner, also from the store, said: “Our store teams are trained to provide advice on the best way to care for all kinds of pets. Through the workshops, we hope we’ll be doing our bit for the local wildlife.
“It’s fantastic to think we can help teach the next generation to respect the nature on their doorstep.”