Friday 26 November 2010, 09:00
Unless you've had your head buried in snow, you'll have already heard from Derek that a cold snap is on the way!
RSPB Cymru is asking people in Wales to remember that birds also need our help to survive the harsh wintry conditions.
This year it looks as though wild birds will face an earlier than usual test in finding enough of the right kind of foods to give them energy and warmth. This means that the food and water we supply, could ensure their survival.
During cold snaps, birds become a lot more vulnerable and are more likely to come into our gardens to seek refuge.
When temperatures drop below freezing, birds struggle to find the natural food they need to stay alive and rely upon us to help them.
To help birds survive, people should provide food suc as meal worms, fat-balls, crushed peanuts, dried fruit, seeds and grain to compensate for birds natural food which is covered in snow and ice.
Leftovers like grated cheese, porridge oats, soft fruit, unsalted bacon, cooked rice, pasta and the insides of cooked potatoes are also a good source of energy for garden birds, and water for both drinking and bathing is vital.
As well as affecting some vulnerable species, the cold snap may also bring some unusual birds from overseas a little earlier than usual - such as the siskin, waxwing and fieldfare.
A 2010 waxwing visitor to Wales, taken by Mike Warburton.
Dana Thomas from RSPB Cymru says: "With harsh wintry weather conditions heading our way this week the wild birds in our gardens will need a little TLC."
"The insects, berries and seeds garden birds usually feast on will become off limits thanks to frost and snow, so taking the time to provide some nutritious food and water for them is essential to their survival."
"It's not all doom and gloom, though. The chilly conditions may also mean that a flurry of rare birds we don't often see until later on in winter will appear earlier as they use our gardens as a safe haven."
"Look out for colourful species like the siskin and the waxwing that will add a bit of cheer to the bleak mid-winter."
Do your bit and follow the wild bird winter survival plan during the coldest weather:
During winter, birds must feed at an increasing speed, but must also take plenty of rest to conserve energy.