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Everything you need to know about garden bird seed

November 20, 2015

Wild bird seed is an extremely popular type of food for garden birds; in fact, one of the most popular, which is reflected in the choice and diversity of straight and mixes available to buy. In fact, birds love to eat seeds so much it’s almost a singular staple diet. So what kinds of seeds can you buy to help your garden birds in the …

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All about ground feeding birds – some tips

November 16, 2015
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EVERYONE HAS SEEN BIRDS feeding from bird feeders hanging from trees, as well as bird tables filled with seed, but what about feeders for birds that primarily forage for food from the ground? See all our ground feeders Song thrushes, wrens, chaffinches, dunnocks, blackbirds, house sparrows and robins are such birds that mostly scour for insects and other forms of sustenance from soil. Providing feed …

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BBC Autumnwatch – bird feeder experiment

November 6, 2015

The content below is not original to Garden Wildlife Direct. The original source can be found here on the BBC website. This week, we’ve been running live cameras on a bird feeder to find out what the local birds most like to fill up on. First experiment We put out an even percentage of sunflower seeds, oat grain and barley grain to appeal to the local farmland birds. We then …

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The robin: why is it crowned as the most ‘British’ garden bird?

November 5, 2015
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OF THE MANY KINDS OF SWEET SOUNDING GARDEN BIRDS in a typical British garden, the robin arguably takes a special place in the hearts of British people due to its affectionate disposition towards humans as well as its presence throughout the year. We have seen robins made into icons and mascots, the most significant of which is for Christmas, the biggest festive season in Britain. …

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Winter is coming: How to help your garden birds through the cold months

October 26, 2015
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AUTUMN IS A CRUCIAL PREPARATION TIME for garden birds anticipating the coming winter, during which exposure is at its peak and food is scarce. During winter, garden birds will not be able to forage for food and water in frozen ground and ponds, nor can they search for insects carefully hidden during hibernation in foliage. Combined with the fact that the temperature causes them to …

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8 Birds to look out for over Autumn and Winter

October 12, 2015

In autumn and winter, providing food and water for birds can be an effective way of helping out, especially if there’s been a low yield of natural foods such as berries and nuts. In particularly cold autumn and winter periods, you may be lucky enough to see some interesting bird species to your gardens, as well as the ‘usual bunch’. So, we’ve put together this …

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Say ‘no, no, no’ to husk, growth and mess

August 3, 2015
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Ordinary bird seed, although cheaper, comes with the potential for growth of unrelenting and extraneous vegetation in your beloved garden. That once clean patch of fertile and verdant grass under your bird seed feeder is now home to an annoying clump of unwanted growth. Darn it! However, there is a solution, and it’s a rather neat and simple one. The basic idea is to prevent …

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All you ever need to know about wild bird feeders

June 24, 2015
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The choice of wild bird garden feeders is wide, and the type abundant, but don’t worry because here we have decided to give you a complete rundown of the most common forms of bird feeder available for your garden. Depending on your aims and goals, for instance if you know there’s family of goldfinches nearby and you want to attract them to your garden, then …

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The Ins and Outs of Mealworm for Birds

June 8, 2015
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Mealworms are an increasingly popular form of food for wild garden birds, especially during the breeding and fledgling seasons when considerable competition exists among birds for local natural resources such as earthworms. This demand can be offset by human intervention i.e. the feeding of mealworms, which are readily available to buy online, in either fresh or dried formats. Considered as a ‘luxury’ form of wild …

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