Wild Bird Care

Wild bird care

Birdsong is one of the great pleasures of a garden or allotment and you can do a great deal to encourage flying visitors.

Birds are welcomed by most gardeners, who play an important role in supporting our native wildlife. More than 50% of British gardeners feed their garden birds.

You can choose plants to encourage birds, who will eat their seeds and fruits or the insects that feed on them. For example, plant sunflowers for their seeds, honeysuckle for their berries. Large shrubs, hedges and trees provide cover and even nesting opportunities. A pond is a fantastic resource for all wildlife.

In most gardens there are some fruit and veg that we don’t want to share with our feathered friends. Good alternative sources of food may help keep birds away from your treasured crop of blackcurrants, but do consider protection like netting from our garden accessories range to direct your visitors to the right dining table.

Different bird species have different needs. We stock a wide variety of wild bird feeds and feeders to encourage the feathered friends you’d most like to see from your window.

Feed carefully to keep birds healthy and to avoid attracting unwanted visitors. Try to feed only what the birds in your garden can eat in a short period. Most stale and mouldy food is harmless, but some can make birds sick or even kill them. You should also try to clean out your feeders regularly – as often as once a week if possible – just with a quick dip in disinfectant. Too much food, particularly at ground level, will attract rats and mice.

Look out for deals and special offers on our feeds, they change each month.

General seed mix – available in packs from 900g to 20kg, this mix will provide healthy nourishment for a range of common British garden birds

No-grow seed mix – a good general feed that offers the insurance that nothing the birds drop from your feeders will take root in your garden

We have a range of seeds aimed at particular species:

Robin blend – Provides the popular, red-breasted bird with everything it needs

Blue tit blend – The athletic blue tit is a garden and nest box favourite

Finch blend – Finches are among Britain’s favourite songbirds. Their hooked beaks help them extract seeds from plants but they need a varied diet. Colourful greenfinches, goldfinches and chaffinches are welcomed by most gardeners

Songbird blend – British songbirds are in decline and garden feeding is a wonderful, cheap way to do your bit to reverse this worrying trend

Sunflower seeds – Larger finches and tits love this high-energy seed

Sunflower hearts – One of the most nutritious feeds you can supply, sunflower hearts also mean you’ll be spared brushing up piles of discarded husks under feeders

Nyjer seeds – A particular favourite of finches, known to attract goldfinches and siskins, dozens of seed-eating birds enjoy these oil-rich seeds. The oils that attract these species can dry out, so feed little and often to keep the seeds in the feeder fresh

Peanuts – Finches and tits are particular fans of peanuts. Crush or smash the nuts to entice smaller nut fans like robins, wrens and dunnocks to tuck in. You might even see a woodpecker if you’re in a rural setting

Fat balls – In the tough winter, fat balls can be the difference between life and death for struggling birds. Don’t put the balls out in their plastic mesh wrapping, as this can trap birds

Mealworms – Robins and tits enjoy a mealworm meal. You may see birds taking them away from the feeder in nesting season as they’re good baby food, but they can be fed all year round

Suet feasts – High-energy winter specials for a variety of species

Feeders

Different feeders suit different foods and will help provide a safe feeding environment for the right species.

We sell feeders in a number of different materials, designed to last and provide you with many many hours bird-spotting enjoyment.

Squirrel-proof feeders – will help to keep these cheeky garden residents away from your feed

Suet feast feeders – will become a bird magnet in winter

Window feeders – help get you close to your visitors

Feeding stations – A feeding station will provide a one-stop shop for your bird visitors – remember that water is a vital part of feeding, particularly when natural water sources freeze over in winter

We sell good-quality metal stations and stands plus wooden bird tables too.

Add bird baths, seed trays and hooks to hang more feeders from.

Nest boxes

It’s one thing to have them visiting, but it’s an extra thrill – especially for kids – to watch a bird family set up home in your garden. Nest boxes are a vital conservation tool.

We stock boxes that will suit most garden species and specialist boxes for robins.

Country cottage boxes are an attractive way to offer a home to wild visitors.