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Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of energy for birds and they are also loved by a wide variety of different garden birds. If you want to attract more birds to your garden, sunflower seeds are at the top of the bird seed list as they are so popular.

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Over the past decade sunflower hearts have become popular worldwide and have overtaken the peanut as the preferred choice of bird food. While large crops are now grown in the UK, the quality is variable due to the inclement climate and all the finest quality sunflower hearts are imported from Europe and beyond.

Can birds eat regular sunflower seeds?

We can snack on processed sunflower seeds, but birds can’t process high amounts of salt, so you should never give then salted or roasted sunflower seeds. 

What kinds of sunflower seed can birds eat?

We offer a variety of high quality sunflower seeds for birds:

Black sunflower seeds, sometimes called oilseed sunflower seeds, are especially selected for their high oil content – a vital energy source for birds. 

Striped sunflower seeds are used as an ingredient in many human foods and are often referred to as non-oilseed, confectionery or bakery sunflower seeds. 

Sunflower hearts or kernels – these are the edible remainder, left when the shell or hull is removed. The smaller morsels, without the shell to remove allows many more birds, including all the songbirds – such as blackbirds, robins and dunnocks – to benefit from the nutritional value of the sunflower seed. 

Sunflower hearts can be fed from bird feeders, on the table or on the ground, with no unsightly husks left behind. However, it is important to remember that once the hull has been removed, the sunflower heart will deteriorate more quickly and start to rot like an open packet of biscuits, therefore only fresh, carefully stored sunflower hearts from a trustworthy supplier should be offered as a food source.

 What birds do sunflower seeds attract?

Though popular with many birds, the main species you will see will be sparrows, finches, great tits and blue tits who all love sunflower seeds. If you’re lucky you could also attract a woodpecker, providing that you put the seeds in a hanging feeder.

Wild birds need water as much as food, for drinking and bathing. We always recommend putting fresh clean water out every day of the year.

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