Collection: Sunflower Seeds & Hearts

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.

Gold finch eating sunflower hearts from feeder

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  • Premium Sunflower Hearts

    Premium Sunflower Hearts

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    • High-quality: are of the finest bakery grade, with an additional clean and filter
    • Energising: rich in oil for that beneficial boost
    • Versatile: enjoyed by every bird that will visit your garden
  • Classic Sunflower Hearts

    Classic Sunflower Hearts

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    • Extra value: the same great nutrition at a more competitive price
    • Nutritious: the same high-oil bakery grade seeds with just a few more broken bits
    • Well-liked: universally enjoyed by garden birds in feeders, bird tables or scattered on the ground
  • Choice Black Sunflower Seeds

    Choice Black Sunflower Seeds

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    • Caring: specifically selected seed crop for higher oil content
    • Popular: loved by a multitude of garden visitors
    • Nutritious superfood: rich in oil, protein and energy
  • Large Striped Sunflower Seeds

    Large Striped Sunflower Seeds

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    • Popular: loved by squirrels and large birds
    • Nutritious: packed full of protein and energy
    • High-quality: only the best seeds make our packs

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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.

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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What birds eat sunflower seeds?

Most varieties of garden bird enjoy sunflower seeds, but some of the most common species that you may see eating them include blackbirds, house sparrows, blackcaps, blue tits, great tits, greenfinches, nuthatch, chaffinches, wood pigeons, and robins.

Why aren't the birds eating my sunflower seeds?

There's no reason why the birds in your garden shouldn't be eating your sunflower seeds. However, other factors- like your feeder being too high or too low- could be impacting where the birds choose to feed. It may also be because there is a better variety of food available nearby. We encourage you to have a variety of seeds, nuts and berries that you consistently replenish, to ensure that you have an attractive food offering to birds in your area.

How to store sunflower seeds for birds?

Sunflower seeds should be stored in an air-tight container, in a cool dark area. This will keep moisture out and prevent damp and mould, extending the shelf life of your sunflower seeds.

How to prepare sunflower seeds for birds?

Straight sunflower seeds need no preparation: they come ready to use and can be instantly added to your bird feeder, providing a nutritious treat to the birds in your garden.

How do birds eat sunflower seeds?

Birds eat sunflower seeds in a variety of ways. Some species will break the shell on the seeds using their beaks, whilst others like blackbirds and robins can only access sunflower seeds with the shells removed. These are called sunflower hearts and consist solely of the edible sunflower seed kernel.

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