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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 wild bird peanuts

November 20, 2015

Peanuts are hugely popular with a very wide variety of bird species that visit our gardens across the UK. They are a completely natural and healthy food, and contain essential minerals and nutrients that enhance survival prospects for birds in all forms of environmental conditions. So, we’ve put together this ‘complete guide’ to peanuts so you know exactly what you’re buying and feeding your precious …

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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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Amazing bird poetry, written by our customers…

May 28, 2015

Who knew we had such poets in our midst? In fact, we’re so happy with the comments put on our favourite British bird competition that we thought it a good idea to post all the poems produced by our customers. Perhaps we can even create a special ‘poet’s corner’ on the blog for any future bird poems. Please enjoy, and post any more poems should …

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It’s official – your favourite British garden birds!

May 26, 2015

We’d like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who participated in the favourite British garden birds competition. We’ve been inundated with a flurry of outstanding comments, and even with a selection of fine poetry that could rival, dare I say it, that of William Wordsworth. So, we’ve decided to put together a little pie chart of our favourite garden birds, based on your comments. …

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Top ten tips for attracting wild birds to your garden

May 7, 2015

After the huge response we got for our Bird Feeding Bundle competition (please read the fabulous comments!), we’ve decided to put together a list of the top ten most practical tips for attracting birds to your garden. Please read on… 1. Use a WIDE VARIETY OF BIRD FOOD (a varied ‘menu’) to attract different types of birds to the garden – NEVER EVER leave your feeder …

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National Hedgehog Week

May 1, 2015
Its Hedgehog Awareness Week

National Hedgehog Week Sunday 3rd May marks the start of National Hedgehog Week. The British  Hedgehog Preservation Society works hard to ensure our hedgehog populations  are safe by highlighting the major problems that face British hedgehogs and how we can all help. There are lots of ways we can all get involved and so much any avid gardeners among us can do to help our …

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