When Sean McMenemy started Noah’s Ark Natural Gardens as a landscaping business in 1991, little did he know what a huge impact he was to make on the bird feeding and garden wildlife industries over the next 28 years.
After 16 years online trading bird food and wildlife habitats and 28 years of history with a passion for garden wildlife, it’s no wonder we’re so highly respected. Our expertise lies in providing carefully selected natural food and products that offer significant benefits to wildlife – with the type of customer service only true enthusiasm for our subject can bring.
Meeting a demand for natural, nutritious wildlife food
In those early days, Sean constantly received requests for help in making his clients’ natural gardens more wildlife friendly. Requests for bird food encouraged Sean to research bird feeding, and at that time he found problems in the market with quality and service. He knew then the only way forward was to create his own natural, nutritious range of wildlife food and present it in a way which benefited both the wildlife and the customer. Ark Wildlife was born.
The company has steadily grown since those early days, now standing as one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of bird food and garden wildlife products, despatching over 400 parcels per day across the United Kingdom.
Exceptional service, because we care more than we can put into words
No matter how large our business is now, Ark Wildlife aims to combine the convenience of an online mail order outlet with the caring, helpful touch of a specialist shop. Our people make the difference. We take great pride in the energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our ever-growing workforce, still led by our inspirational driving force, Sean. If you read through some of Sean’s blog posts you will see how knowledgeable he is and how much he cares for the welfare of our wildlife.
Ark Wildlife has influenced both the food you provide for your birds and the way it’s sold to you. We provide:
- The 13 kg bag: Convenient, easy to lift, but still VAT free
- Free next day delivery: No surcharges if you forget to order in time
- Probiotics: A true commitment to increasing the abundance of wildlife visiting your garden
- A huge range in stock: No delays, no disappointments and no fulfilment houses (packing warehouses)
- An excellent returns guarantee: Buy with confidence, we refund even if you make a mistake
- Complete garden wildlife: Feathers, fur or leaves, we’ve got it all
- Bird food in bags from 1 kg to 13 kg: Sometimes you just don’t need that big sack
We’re really proud of this, and there’s more besides!
A short history of Ark Wildlife
1991 – Noah’s Ark Natural Gardens opens garden landscaping services with an emphasis on native and wildlife friendly species planting schemes.
1997 – Trendy TV makeover programmes such as ‘Ground Force’ and ‘Homefront: In the Garden’ create a huge demand for ‘outdoor rooms’ with large patios or decking and exotic hardy plants.
1998 – In contrast to current trends, Sean changes the name of Noah’s Ark Natural Gardens to Noah’s Ark Wildlife Gardens, concentrating on the development of wildlife areas within garden designs.
1999 – Noah’s Ark Wildlife Gardens start designing and supplying nest boxes, wildlife habitats and bird food.
2001 – Responding to demand, Noah’s Ark Wildlife Gardens launch their own range of carefully selected and blended natural bird feed mixes, under the brand name Ark.
2003 – The online shop is added to the website, allowing sales across the UK.
2007 – A major national pet food distributor copies the name Noah’s Ark (very flattering) and applies it to a bird care range resulting in a legal battle. Later, new Trade Marks are granted to Ark Wildlife to give them exclusive use of the brands across the whole pet, bird care and wildlife sectors.
2008 – Ark Wildlife move to their new larger base at Dog Kennel Farm, Hitchin, Herts and make it administration and distribution HQ.
2010 – Our 100,000th bird food order is taken online, packed and dispatched from Hertfordshire and delivered to Chesterfield in Derbyshire in just 24 hours (the same with all orders)!
2011 – New logo launched to better reflect Ark Wildlife’s continuing commitment to all garden wildlife; not just the birds.
2011 – Ark Charity Partner Scheme is launched to help generate funds for wildlife carers and rehabilitators.
2012 – Sees the launch of our innovative Duck Pots, providing excellent, nutritious duck food for parks and visitor attractions across the UK.
2013 – New Facebook Photo competition draws a large amount of wonderful customer entries, now grown and developed onto the website.
2014 – Independent scientific analysis of all our wildlife foods demonstrates our commitment to excellence.
2015 – Sees the growth & expansion of our Hedgehog Heroes sponsorship campaign, with Ark donating over £5000 of hedgehog food each year to wildlife carers.
2020 – Our new Ark Wildlife website is launched – let us know what you think!
It is heartening to know that through the use of bird food we can have a positive influence on bird populations and are now seeing an abundance of birds in UK gardens.
After 28 years providing natural food and habitats that offer significant benefits to garden wildlife, we look forward to the next 28 years with the same enthusiasm that we started with.
Call us today on freephone 0800 085 4865 to chat about the changes you can make to your garden and become a part of something greater.