Are you the UK's best wild bird photographer?

Winter is a tough time for wild birds, but as spring has sprung and the weather is warmer, we should expect to hear more tweeting in our gardens.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 8:58 am
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 8:58 am
One of last year's winners

One of the UK’s leading home and garden retailers, wilko, is inviting you to share your best wild bird photos in its annual competition for the chance to see your snaps in its 2021 Wild Bird Calendar and win one of 12 wilko gift cards worth £100. But hurry, you only have until this Sunday to submit the snaps!

All you need is a camera, an eye for detail... and a flying visit from your favourite wild birds to be in with a chance of winning.

Daniel Bingham, senior pets buyer for wilko, offers some practical advice: "Birds feed every day and don’t store energy well, so one or two bad days in cold weather or without food can be very dangerous for them. Put out a good selection of food in feeders or on tables to attract birds to your garden - things like fat balls are nutritious and high in energy - perfect to help them maintain weight and stay fuelled. Put some soft food down for the songbirds who can’t reach the feeders. Suet blocks and pellets work particularly well as they give the birds a great energy boost and plenty of calories. Don’t forget to provide fresh water. Ponds, puddles and other water sources may freeze over, making them inaccessible to birds. Birds can be timid so you’ll need to be patient, build up trust by sharing plenty of treats and you could soon be rewarded with the perfect wild bird shot."

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The wilko wild bird competition runs until Sunday, March 29th.

All photographs should be taken in a garden or outdoor setting and must have been taken by you. E-mail your entries to [email protected]For full terms and conditions, visit life.wilko.com/wildbirdcompetition