Maximise Your Bird Feeding Success

We invest time and money into providing the best food for our garden birds. It is a real pleasure to watch them flutter and squabble as they look for the tastiest bits at the feeders.

How can you make sure you maximise the rewards for you and the birds from the investment you make? Read on for our tips to ensure you make the most of your bird feeding.

Maximise their chances and your enjoyment with our handy tips:

Make sure feeders are up to the job

  • Feeders exposed all year to the elements can sustain damage from rain, wind and sun.
  • Ensure feeders are in good repair, to reduce the waste from spillage and prevent rain damage and decay which may make seed unpalatable.
  • Provide feeders according to bird preferences and contents. Birds with small beaks like goldfinches will take nyjer seed from a special feeder.
  • A selection of bird feeders that offer different foods will guarantee a wide range of birds visiting your garden.

Keep feeders filled

  • Nutritious seeds and foods that provide energy all year round.
  • High quality ingredients will attract more birds to your garden, if they are enjoying the food they will continue to visit.
  • Not all bird mixes are created equal, before you buy check those which contain plenty of seeds that your garden birds will eat.
  • Offer a variety of foods to tempt them; seeds, suet and nuts will appeal to a wider range of species.
  • Browse our wild bird seeds packed with high quality favourites.

Avoid disease

  • Keep feeders and bird baths cleaned regularly to avoid the build up of dirt and potentially harmful diseases, eg Trichomonosis, which was considered to be a causal factor in UK Greenfinch numbers declining sharply from 2006.
  • Sweep and tidy around feeders regularly.
  • Feed a measured amount of fresh food regularly to avoid food spoilage.

Provide clean water

  • Birds need to drink clean water every day. There is limited water available from foods they eat.
  • It is particularly important in the summer to ensure water is available when water may be scarce in the summer and also in the winter when water may be frozen.
  • Bathing helps birds keep their plumage clean to maintain good feather health for flight and survival.
  • Keep water clean to avoid spreading diseases. Make sure it is free from any additives which may prove poisonous.
  • Dedicated water feeders are available which you can hang out the way of predators and most bird feeding stations come with an integral water dish. Browse water feeders and bird stations.

Bird friendly landscaping

  • Creating a place to sit and enjoy the plants and wild birds in the garden is a lovely thing to do, however it is important wild birds feel safe enough to visit.
  • Wild birds need to feel secure in your garden. This will attract and keep them on your side of the fence.
  • Layered garden planting, with low and medium height shrubs, grasses, native plants and trees will offer places for foraging and nesting for many different bird species.
  • Areas with more dense planting provide shelter and hiding places from predators such as cats.
  • Flowering shrubs will attract insects to eat. Berrying bushes provide food sources in cold months.
  • A range of plants that flower in different seasons will provide seeds and insects throughout the year.
  • Try and avoid being too tidy, birds utilise what we see as mess in our gardens. Leaf litter provides a valuable source of nesting materials and insects.
  • Water features provide a constant water supply.
  • Bird nesting boxes will be used for breeding and also shelter from the cold in the winter.

Discourage non bird guests at feeders

  • Large birds and squirrels can dominate feeders and the ground underneath. This leaves less food for small birds, or even just deprives them of time available for feeding.
  • Fitting baffles to hanging feeders or placing cages over the top of ground feeding trays may deter squirrels and larger birds, allowing smaller birds through to access the food inside.
  • Browse our sturdy squirrel proof feeders to help you protect your bird food