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Wild Bird Care

Some wild birds will spend the majority of their lives in your garden and others will spend seasons in your gardens, so it’s important you provide your lovely feathered friends with healthy and nutritious food

You should change your bird feeding routines with the seasons. Many people think birds should only be fed during the winter, but birds do become very dependent on the food you provide and with declining natural sources of foods available to the birds, it is just as important to provide food for your garden birds at all times throughout the year.

What to Feed Birds

Seeds

Bird Seed provides birds with the nutrition and energy they need to stay fit and healthy. There are wide varieties of seeds available, all aimed at different types of wild birds, so remember to check you’re buying the right seed for the types of birds you find in your garden.

Seed can be fed to birds on tables, in seed feeders or by scattering. Please take care when choosing your seed feeder that you choose a feeder suitable for the types of birds you are feeding as larger birds can’t access some of the more delicate feeders that smaller birds can. There are many different types of seed feeders available for all areas of your garden, and we’d recommend carefully placing them where cats can’t easily get to.

Peanuts

Peanuts are attractive to birds due to their high fat content. They’re best fed through peanut mesh feeders, or chop them up into very small pieces. Please don’t leave whole peanuts out for birds as they can be fatal, especially for young birds, and can also damage the birds’ beaks.

Suets and Fat Treats

Suets and fat products are a wonderful treat for wild birds and provide an excellent source of food and energy, especially during the winter months. Suet treats can be bought or home-made, they mainly consist of fatty substances such as lard, peanuts and seeds.

What Not to Feed Birds

Birds will be attracted to almost anything edible, however there are many foods that can benharmful to birds, including:

  • Salty items such as salted peanuts, crisps and bacon rinds.
  • Mouldy foods - the toxins in mouldy foods can be poisonous to birds.
  • Please take care when feeding peanuts to your garden birds there are nuts which may be safe for humans that can be fatal to birds. We suggest only using nuts from a supplier who regularly tests for natural toxins.

Important Hygiene Information

Keeping your bird feeders, tables, baths and other garden accessories clean and disease free is extremely important because when birds share these items disease can spread rapidly, leading to disease or fatality.

  • Ensure water trays and bird baths are changed and cleaned regularly and kept free of any harmful substances.
  • Never let bird feed accumulate and sit uneaten in your garden for more than a few days.
  • Don't feed mouldy food to your garden birds.
  • Regularly move your bird feeders around your garden to prevent accumulating bird droppings.
  • Always wash your hands after handling any bird products from your garden.