Bird Feed to attract more birds, more often
We create all our bird feed mixes with two thoughts in mind, firstly to provide the ideal natural food for the greatest number of wild birds. Then secondly, to deliver them in a way suited to the birds’ natural feeding habits. This way more birds will feed more often in your garden.
Suitable Seeds for...
Bird Tables - Bird Feeders - Ground Feeding - Seasonal Feeding
Bird Seed Mixes
Bird Feed to attract a wider variety and abundance of birds
An easy way to start attracting birds is to put up a bird seed feeder and fill it with sunflower hearts and perhaps also add a small peanut feeder . We'll help you choose more feeders and bird feeds as we go along that will appeal to the birds you want to attract. We'll also give you advice and guidance on where to put your bird feeders and how to maintain them. Now a word of caution; you'll need patience. It will take a while for the birds to start feeding as wild birds are very reluctant to approach anything new in the garden. Leave the feeders out, be patient and in time more and more birds will accept this new source of food to your increasing enjoyment.
As the birds start to populate your feeding area, notice the different ways they approach their meal as well as what they feed on. Some will visit both feeders taking their time to feed, chasing off any birds trying to join them. Others will only take to one feeder, eating peanuts but not the seeds and vice versa. Others will dash in, steal a single seed and disappear just as fast as they arrive. Others still, will never visit the feeders but instead, hop around under them picking up any scraps and spillage from above.
To increase the diversity of species that visit your feeders and to keep them in the garden longer and more often, you'll need to offer a wide range of bird food. This should then be offered at different heights on and above the ground, it's what we call tiered feeding. With over 300 species of bird reported in the UK and over 30 regularly visiting gardens to seek out bird feed, its important to offer the food they like in the manner they prefer to feed. Some birds don't eat seeds at all, such as woodpeckers and you can offer these fat, suet or perhaps live mealworms. Others have mixed diets such as blue tits and great tits, and will enjoy bird seeds as well as fat and suet. Others are specialist bird seed eaters such as green finches and chaffinches and will only visit the garden bird feeder if a good quality bird seed mix with their preferred seeds is available. Others can be even more fussy like the goldfinch who will typically only spend time at the bird feeder if niger seed is available. Individual types of bird tend to pick out their favourite seeds and leave the rest uneaten, these in turn will later be picked up by other birds. Do your research before buying bird seed mixes. Many outlets offer bird feed in fancy packaging making exuberant claims but containing little more than cheap fillers, such as wheat, split peas and canary seed. If in doubt look for the Birdcare Standards Association logo or stick to straight seeds, so you know what you're getting.
Wild birds need water as much as food for drinking and bathing. We always recommend putting fresh clean water out every day, with particular attention during dry spells in summer and when the ground is frozen during winter months.