The weather may still be mild but with colder months quickly approaching finding food and shelter is becoming increasingly problematic for our wildlife.

For some animals foraging through leaves and foliage is their only chance of survival.

But gardeners who rake away leaves and cutback hedgerows could be unintentionally causing harm or even death to creatures by destroying their prime source of food and shelter.

“although there is  a lot of water out there it may be in the form of ice.”

Michael Walker, from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, encourages members of the public to feed birds to provide a resource for them when natural food is in short supply.

“Put out a dish of water every morning because although there is a lot of water out there, it may be in the form of ice,” he said.