FEATHERED friend lovers are drawing inspiration from a Frank McAvennie parody to encourage folk to get in a flap this winter — and ‘feed the burdz!’

Cardwell Garden Centre enlisted ‘lookalikes’ of the ex-footballer to put a flock-friendly twist on a famous comedy catchphrase that is linked to him.

General manager Paul Carmichael said: “Because of the cold weather, birds find it difficult to find food naturally, so they rely on people providing food for them in their gardens.

“We’d urge people to help the birds beat the cold and frosty weather by having a bird feeder in their garden and a good supply of seeds and other foods the birds need.”

Comic Jonathan Watson delivers the immortal line ‘Where’s the burdz?’ when mimicking former Celtic and Scotland striker McAvennie on his Only An Excuse? BBC TV show.

Now the garden centre reckons it’s the perfect recipe to make sure that the bellies of wild birds are kept full in the run-up to the festive season and beyond.

Paul said: “We’ve all had a good laugh at Jonathan Watson’s impersonation of Frank McAvennie and we thought we’d do our own version to get the message across to our customers as to how they can play an important role in helping birds survive the harsh winter.”

Gourock girl Abbey Campopiano, 16, who works at Cardwell’s aviary, is pictured with the garden centre’s ‘Maccas’.