Winter feeding of birds increases productivity in the subsequent breeding season.

@article{Robb2008WinterFO,
  title={Winter feeding of birds increases productivity in the subsequent breeding season.},
  author={Gillian N. Robb and Robbie A McDonald and Dan E Chamberlain and Silas James Reynolds and Timothy J. E. Harrison and Stuart Bearhop},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={220-3}
}
Supplementary food given to birds can have contemporary effects by reducing the risk of starvation, increasing survival and altering movements and reproductive performance. There is, however, a widely held perception that birds benefit from extra food over winter, but that it is better that they 'look after themselves' during breeding. Here we describe a landscape-scale experiment showing for the first time that the effects of increasing food availability only during the winter can be carried… CONTINUE READING
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