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Bird and Wildlife Care
Gardens without wildlife are dull places. Being responsible to help and encourage the wildlife population is fun and rewarding. You can easily create the right environment in your garden to encourage and support insects, birdlife and small animals. We have a wide range of treats for your wildlife and birds.
If you’re lacking wildlife in your garden then why not speak to one of our members of staff who can assist you on how to encourage some of our native wildlife back to your garden.
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Different birds have different habits when it comes to feeding so if you are looking to attract a wide variety of birds to your garden the best way is to offer a variety of places for them to have breakfast,lunch or tea !
Providing food at ground level benefits many birds, including blackbirds, thrushes, wrens and robins.
- Scatter bird food on the lawn or patio, or use a ground feeding table. Position it well away from cover to avoid lurking cats.
- Spacing the food out reduces competition between birds and more of them can feed at any one time.
- Sprinkle grated peanuts, suet nibbles and sprinkles or grated cheese in the borders to encourage shyer species.
- Change the area where you scatter the food every few days, and never put out more than is eaten the same day,to avoid attracting vermin.
Mesh Nut & Nibble Feeders for Peanuts & Suet Nibbles
- Feeders made from steel mesh are the only safe method of offering peanuts to wild birds.
- The mesh size needs to be large enough to prevent beak damage and small enough to prevent large pieces of nut from being removed – about 6 mm is a good compromise.
- These feeders can also be used to feed suet nibbles, which are a great alternative to peanuts.
- Mesh feeders may be used by tits, woodpeckers, nuthatches and other species that cling.
- Avoid putting peanuts out in nylon mesh bags. These can trap birds feet and cause horrible injuries or even death.
Suet Feeders for Suet Balls & Cakes
Suet feeders come in many shapes and sizes. Some are suitable for suet balls, others for suet cakes. Some are multi-purpose and can be used for either balls or cakes.
- Generally they are made from a wide metal mesh, which holds the suet and provides birds with something to cling to while feeding.
- Suet feeders are particularly popular with members of the tit family and starlings.
Seed Feeders for Sunflower Seeds/Hearts & Free-flowing Feeder Seed Mix
- A seed feeder can attract many species to your garden, including sparrows, tits, finches and siskins.
- Available with plastic or metal fittings, they come in a wide variety of sizes and styles and are suitable for sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts or any free-flowing feeder seed mix. Metal fittings last longer and are resistant to squirrel damage.
- Seed feeders can be enclosed in a feeder guardian, which will help to protect the birds from predators while feeding, and may help deter larger birds and squirrels from accessing the food.
- There are feeders available that are specially designed to feed nyger seed. They have very small holes or slits instead of the standard feeding ports, which helps prevent too much seed from being wasted.
- A seed tray can be a useful addition to your seed feeders. It catches dropped seed and provides extra perching space. Be aware though, that seed trays can sometimes be used by larger birds as a handy place to sit and gorge themselves on the contents of your feeder.