Berry-eating birds will need more help this year
I just thought I'd mention that due to the very poor crops of some berries that we're seeing this autumn in our gardens (pyracantha is one that's been mentioned on this board) the garden blackbirds and thrushes that have come to rely on our shrubberies for winter food will need a bit more help to see them through the winter.
While so many of us provide food for the seed eaters (sunflower,peanuts, nyger etc) some of us forget the blackbirds and thrushes which do not visit the hanging containers - fruit (raisins etc) scattered on the lawn regularly in the morning will bring blackbirds into your garden and keep them alive through the cold winter months.
One very cold day last winter we had over 20 blackbirds in our garden at one time, feeding on over-ripe chopped apples and raisins. So when the supermarkets put their cake fruit on special offer ready for the Christmas Pud season, it's a good idea to buy a few bags and put them aside for later when we get a really cold snap and the blackbirds and thrushes are searching for food.