New to Bird Feeding
New to Bird Feeding
We hope you enjoy browsing the following collection of tips, advice and interesting articles to help enhance your enjoyment and understand when caring for your garden birds and wildlife.
Why feed garden birds?
Most bird species have declined since the 1970s as a result of environmental changes such as the intensification of farming, land reclamation and drainage, the replacement of native woodland with intensive pine plantations, land development and, of course, pollution.
We shouldn't overlook the fact that feeding the birds isn't just good for them - we benefit as well. Lots of people get immense pleasure and satisfaction from watching the birds as they visit the feeders and bird tables. Often this is enough, but many of us go on to learn more about the birds that we see, both from our own observations and from television, books or magazines.
How do you get started?
As you can see from our website we offer a vast range of bird foods and as a general rule, the more varieties of foods you offer in feeders, on tables and simply scattered on the ground, the more species you are likely to attract. However, some are more widely enjoyed than others and are excellent to get you started:
Hi-Energy No Mess Rich in energy and appeal to a wide range of garden birds
Peanut Cakes Inexpensive and particularly good for the colder months.
Dried Mealworms Packed full of protein and ideal for hungry, growing chicks.
Fat Balls An affordable favourite with a wide range of species and can be fed in a number of ways
As well as food, we also have a wide range of feeders available to feed the above foods in:
A few expert tips:
- Feed the birds in your garden all year round, but avoid having whole peanuts available other than in wire mesh containers during the breeding season - you can of course, provide kibbled peanuts.
- Wildlife friendly plants can provide suitable nesting sites, areas for shelter, edible berries for birds and mammals as well as flowers which will attract beneficial insects.
- As well as providing good quality food for your garden birds it is also essential to provide a regular supply of fresh drinking water. Our bird baths are ideal for this but a garden pond or even an upturned bin lid can all provide this valuable water source.
- Putting up nest boxes that replicate birds’ natural nesting preferences can encourage them to breed near your home.