Many of our northern species are well adapted to the cold, but some from warmer parts of the world will appreciate shelter and dry bedding. Giving them the opportunity to stand off frozen ground will protect their feet. However you source your straw, it’s vital to keep it covered and protected from wild bird droppings in storage.
A small traditional bale fits (almost) into a wheelie bin. Once the ties are cut, the surplus slab can be bagged ready for use so you can shut the lid. Don’t forget to consider where the bale comes from before you get it home.