BBC Autumnwatch 2016

October 11, 2016

BBC Autumnwatch BBC Autumnwatch returns this year at the RSPB Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset, where they will host the wildlife television programme starting on the 24th October 2016. Hosted by presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, celebrating its 10th anniversary, Autumnwatch has returned to our screens after the succession of the previous episodes. One of the UK’s largest live outdoor broadcasts will …

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Bad harvest. Why not try an alternative to peanuts?

September 6, 2016

As you may be aware, there is a global shortage of peanuts due to an unfortunate bad harvest this year, which has affected the supply of this key commodity. Along with an increased demand for peanuts, there has been an inevitable rise in prices, which have increased across all our peanut products, including premium and peanut splits varieties. Despite the increase in prices, Garden Wildlife …

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Monogamy in garden birds

February 4, 2016

IT IS COMMONLY THOUGHT THAT BIRDS are completely monogamous to their partners, but recent findings demonstrate that this is only true genetically 15% of the time. So which birds are really staying true, and which ones are cheekily playing the field? Is it true monogamy, or just for the first year? After all, we’ve all felt that 7 year itch, right?! In time for Valentine’s …

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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
Ground Feeding Sparrow

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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Why is the robin the most ‘British’ garden bird?

November 5, 2015

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: Helping your garden birds this season

October 26, 2015

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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Why regular fresh water is vital for garden birds

October 22, 2015

THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS that are easy to provide for your garden birds, from bird seed to birdhouses, but one of the most important things you can offer to your garden birds is fresh, clean water. Although birds do not need as much water to survive on as mammals do, because they do not have sweat glands, their access to it is still extremely …

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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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