National Gardening Week 2015

April 22, 2015

National Hedgehog Week

April 22, 2015

Competition: win a bird feeding bundle worth £23.98

April 22, 2015
Its Hedgehog Awareness Week

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  1. Put out appropriate food to attract the birds-I have lots of seagulls so put out seed in feeders-be consistent- never let your feeders go empty or your birds will look elsewhere and put out a bowl of water too!

  2. The long tailed tit, it comes in waves, very persistant and very brave !!
    Hang your feeders close to cover, but remember some birds like to feed from a table and some like to feed on the ground and always have water in the garden …..enough for them to drink and bathe in.

  3. My recipe melt lard or dripping in microwave add mealworms, seed and ground up peanuts, put into containers and allow to set, the birds love it.

  4. They seem to love anything with a bit of fat in – they flock whenever we put leftover cake, tried cheese etc out

  5. We have a bird bath filled with fresh water in our garden so many bids come to use it, its amazing to see <3

  6. Feed them – and they will come. Also a good idea to have some fruit trees and plants. They love my strawberries!

  7. Always ensure there is drinking water available, especially during Winter, and keep trees as the birds need somewhere to nest.

  8. We have feeders hanging from the trees and nesting boxes swing
    a bird bath in the corner we watch them splash and sing
    my garden is alive with robins, sparrows and many more
    I love to sit and listen their singing I adore

  9. Planting is all important, think cover, think perches and think food. Plant teasels, mulleins, sunflowers and leave the heads on over-winter. Small birds like tits love the seeds and it’s great watching their acrobatics as they search them out!!

  10. always have water available! The birds love nothing better than a tasty snack, a long drink followed by a lovely refreshing bath!

  11. i leave lots of different types of seed and fat balls and fruit out in my garden . as different birds like different foods

  12. Don’t be too quick to tidy away dead or gone over plants…..the seed heads will become a source of food for some species 🙂
    Also, consider a small section of garden scattered in a meadow seed mix…..My mum did this and her Garden Bird friends are thriving!!

  13. My nan, bless her, she loves sitting and watching the birds in the morning and the reason why such a variety comes to the garden everyday is because for the past 5 years she puts bird seeds in the same place at the same time in the morning so they always show up because they know there will be food out 🙂 so yeah make a routine of putting food out at the same time each day. Also when she brushes her alaskan nalamute she leaves all the fur in the garden and the birds come and take it to use for their nests 🙂

  14. Different types of food to attract the biggest variety of birds as not all birds prefer the same things. Feeders with seeds, another with fat balls, another with suet cake and another with peanuts.
    Also mealworms and suet pellets for ground feeding birds (I use a ground guard so the food can be accessed by the smaller birds and not just gobbled up by pigeons).

  15. One of the best things you can do is plant a hedge close to your bird feeders. Birds will stick around longer if they have got some where they can hide/feel safe.

  16. Keep a ‘wild’ spot in your garden that will attract insects and provide cover for the birds to feed on and hide in

  17. Foliage! Have the feeders exposed for easy view of the birds, but have some foliage near by so that they have a retreat. The birds always seem ‘happier’ if the have a safe retreat near by, they turn up more frequently and in greater numbers.

  18. At this time of year when my dogs are having their spring moult, I put the fur that I brush up into the garden for the birds to collect when nest building.

  19. Use a good quality bird feeder and keep it in an area of your garden where cats can’t get to it and where the birds can easily fly to it.

  20. Leave your hanging baskets with some of last years old growth don’t be too tidy the birds always come pecking for both insects and nesting material early in the year ,we never start our baskets until May so it gives them plenty of chance we even had a family of Wrens raised in our Mesembryanthemum ball two years running with an exodus that included them actually sitting on my Wife as we watched them leave.

  21. Give a variety of seed and fresh fruit (the local ducks love cut up grapes!) to attract many different species into your garden.

  22. always make sure birds have daily food/water left out for them with tasty homemade lard fat balls with sunflower seeds in them

  23. Sunflower hearts – living on the edge of urbanisation we are very lucky to see blackbirds, coal tits, blue tits, sparrows, starlings,wrens, chaffinch, gold finches, collared doves, woodpidgeons, magpies,woodpeckers and even a sparrow hawk. With the obvious exception! all of the birds enjoy the sunflower hearts

  24. Regular feeding at multiple feeding stations, at various heights, in various places throughout the garden, to accommodate the varying needs of different bird species.

  25. I put left over cat food out every morning when I clean the pet dishes. It’s like instant worms – they all love it and wait for the door to open.

  26. Ensure there is a good amount of natural shelter for protection against predators and to give a feeling of safety.

  27. Making sure there is a variety of food for different types of birds other wise the pigeons Nick it all. I also have a bowl of water for the birds to have a bath.

  28. My best tip is lots of wild flowers and hedges with plenty of lovely seeds…attract the bugs = birds 🙂

  29. I ensure they have protection from predators such as the fox that lives 8n the field next door. We have two huge trees and I often hear the woodpecker up there and see my two little robins.

  30. Feed regularly, in the same place, a mixture attractive to many types of Birds. Carefully chose your feeding location-Try to think would the birds feel secure while feeding here.

  31. Have a pond, trees and plants to provide natural food for the birds and of course also provide bird food, fat balls and mealworms

  32. My number one tip to attract birds to the garden would be to keep a birdbath topped up with fresh water and kept clean as it gets mucky very quickly.I love watching the birds bathe and drink from mine.

  33. My tip is to try and put the feeders where the birds feel safe. We are fortunate enough to have fields on two sides of us and so we have trees over the fence at the bottom of our garden. We have put the feeders up close to the trees and so the birds feel they have somewhere to nip to if they feel threatened.

  34. I think the most important thing is letting your garden be a bit wild, not too neat. I live in a shared house, and we all like going into the kitchen because whilst washing up you can spot several species. My fellow house dwellers come from abroad, so were surprised that even in the city of Oxford in a built up street birds could still be found chirping in the morning. It makes work that bit better to get up for… not to mention the several cheeky squirrels who hang upside down on the feeder in between the little birds. A veritable cornucopia, all we do is – leave them be.

  35. I have a bird table in a sheltered spot which I feed the birds on all winter because they struggle at that time of year, plus it is out of the way of my two dogs so they cannot scare them.

  36. Don’t be too tidy in the garden. Birds need cover to feel safe and don’t forget ground feeding birds that require ground cover which will harbour natural foods for them to feed on. Siting feeders near shelter encourages even timid birds to visit like these long-tailed tits but make sure it predators are not given an easy meal with sturdy branches too close.

  37. My main tip is keeping the kids indoors! I love both my birds and my children but the two don’t like each other. I tend to get the children to help me put out the bird food and as soon as they are indoors again my three pigeons make their way down for the first feed. Occasionally we have a little robin who visits us and several blue tits and the odd magpie too. I’m not sure what happened to “Nutty”, the squirrel – but he has been scarce for a few weeks now…he is also partial to a little seed.

  38. Place bird feeders in different parts of the garden, plus a selection of food for the different types of birds in your garden

  39. Have a variety of nuts and seeds – not just one branded type. This helps to attract a variety of birds in my experience.

  40. I seem to have had a lot of birds in the garden, simply by having the bird bath & keeping it clean and topped up with fresh water. I get loads on it!!!

  41. Feed them and water them continuously and they will come, i hardly had any birds on my garden last year and then i bought a bird table and kept it supplied and slowly they arrived and now i have all different species visiting. x

  42. Let the garden get a little overgrown, the sparrows seem to love ours! Also, having a dog has kept the cats out which has meant we’ve had a lot more birds visiting us.

  43. A good variety of bird food such as sunflower hearts and suet pellets attracts several species of birds and a good robust squirrel feeder keeps the squirrels away from the bird feeder.

  44. Grow berry producing, thorny bushes. The berries feed the birds while the thorny growth provides nesting space.

  45. Planting bird friendly plants with lots of seeds or berries to seed them through the winter as well as plenty of bird feeders and fresh water

  46. I dont try to attract birds to my garden because of my cat, but I have a large variety that visit me at work instead. I find a wide variety of food helps and plenty of places to hide. Bob, our friendly Robin comes in the unit to see what we are doing now

  47. Grow Sunflowers – the look great in the Summer then the birds come and peck the sunflower seeds off them when they die off

  48. Feed the birds regularly so they know your garden is a great source of food.
    We have a wide variety of birds which visit our garden but this baby wood pigeon was a favourite. It managed to fly down onto the fence from its nest in the tree behind, but it was too frightened to go any further. It stayed there for about three days but eventually it plucked up the courage and we were lucky enough to watch it take its first real flight.

  49. Always have bird food outside in a nice quiet area of the garden, with beautiful flowers and a bird house, and not forgetting a bird bath too!

  50. The beautiful bird table I always make sure I leave full of goodies! And maybe my singing voice that attracts the birds to spend their mornings with me in our garden!

  51. feeders with forward facing feeding rings attract all types of birds and make it easier for them to feed in a natural position

  52. Simple, just put out a good variety of food as well as plenty of it, it will bring in plenty of birds as
    I have found because birds communicate with each other.

  53. I seem to have hundreds of birds and all I have done is make sure they have year round fat balls,seed fruit and bread

  54. A bird bath and a bird table which is out of the way of cats. Suet logs and mealworm treats and a selection of seeds will guarantee a lot of feathered visitors!

  55. Have a variety of different foods out and in different places – and keep them out year round, don’t suddenly stop in the winter or summer!

  56. Use the left over cold cooking fats or suet (not from Chicken or Turkey as it can be dangerous to the birds) and mix with a teaspoon of peanut butter, a small amount of dry porridge oats and kitchen scraps like (unsalted peanuts, unsalted bacon rind, raisins, cheese etc…) and mix under a gentle heat. In a used yogurt pot insert a small hole in the top and pull through a piece of twine about twice the length of the pot pour in the mixture and place in the fridge over night then cut away the pot, tie a chunky knot at the fat end of the bird fat pate and let the birdie feast begin

  57. put the birdboxes up high enough so the cats cannot get them. I fix them to the back of my house…change the birdhouse every year and each year the Blue Tits come to visit.

  58. My tip for encouraging birds to your garden is to keep something in your bird feeder all year round, that way the birds don’t waste their energy coming to you garden and finding it empty. It may be nest making materials if it’s not food. Don’t cut your bushes until nesting season is finished to avoid harming nests.

  59. Hang something up that is bright to attract the birds to the tree to see the rest of the goodies. (I hang a bright red apple which is colourful and edible) The tree which I hang everything up on is right by a tall fence and leylandii which makes for a quick getaway if animals are around.

  60. We have Ivy on the tall back wall of our garden and Blackbirds, Robins, Sparrows and Blue Tits all build their nests and live happily together and raise their young without fear of the neighbours cats getting anywhere near them.

  61. Keep an area of your garden nice and tranquil for them. Put a few different food types out at varied levels and keep a bird book near to the back door and a notebook so you and the children can observe which birds visit.

  62. For couple of years now we store our birdfood in a large plastic jar.we shake the jar as we walk up the garden puting some food on ground and filling feeders up.We shake it making a noise and the birds nearby that frequent our garden recognise it and start to come over.

  63. Put up nest boxes and always make sure you have a plentiful supply of fresh bird food and water.The bird feeders also need to be situated out of the reach of predators.

  64. Feed the birds regularly at a place where they feel safe. I’ve counted 32 different species of bird in my tiny little town garden 🙂

  65. Our bird feeders are located in trees and remain there all year round. We vary the foods given and some are homemade.

  66. Hi,
    My tip is to position the bird table/birdfeeder within a few feet of a hedge or tree. The small birds are much happier nipping out of the hedge to eat and having somewhere to take refuge if they get a fright. We have a regular sparrowhawk visitor which is beautiful, and of course needs to eat, but we don’t want to make it easy for him by leaving our small birds vulnerable. So far we’ve never seen him make a successful visit, and our bird table always has queues of blue tits, great tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, tree sparrows, dunnocks, robins, blackbirds, siskins, greenfinches, goldfinches, yellowhammers and chaffinches waiting to take their turn!

  67. Create a wildlife pond even a really small one, birds will use it to drink from, bathe in the shallows and feed on the insects.

  68. Put out a variety of food – the robins in my garden like suet, the various tits prefer the bird feeder, the blackbirds like fruit and the wood pigeons seem to eat anything at all !

  69. My no1 tip to attract birds is to put bird food in as many different locations as you can. This will not only attract different species it will make sure there is plenty of room for shyer birds. We use sunflower hearts as they are most popular in our garden and don’t leave any mess. We put them on the bird table in feeders on the floor and also on the wall in front of our kitchen window so we can see the birds close up. The smaller birds like to feed from the wall and we also see a little wood mouse pop out of his hole to collect sunflowers, but imagine our surprise when we saw a male pheasant walking along the wall clearing up. He is now a daily visitor!

  70. My tip to encourage wild birds to visit your garden is to offer a wide range of foods and most importantly to keep your feeders topped up. Every dat I pass gardens with empty feeders hanging forlornly swinging in the breeze. No wonder the birds give up and go elsewhere. Keep your feeders topped up and the birds will find them AND keep coming to visit them.

  71. varied diffrent foods is the way to get all differant birds from jenny wren to pheasants coloured doves to woodpecker and feeders placed in trees are more natural
    my garden gets all kinds thanks to garden wildlife direct or i wouldntr be able to afford to do it

  72. we find the best is a wide selection of foods to tempt as many different birds as possible and to feed at different heights the same as we do water wetting some of the seeds so they shoot helps to {but can attract slugs)

  73. Offer good quality bird food like sunflower hearts in easily accessible feeders and always make sure they are clean and full.

  74. Lots of places for the birds to drink. We have found it quite amazing from which they will drink , a small ornamental watering can on our garden table weighted down inside with a large stone and also some metal outdoor candle containers cleaned and hung plus washing up bowls sunk into the garden

  75. Dig over a patch of earth then leave it for a while and watch the birds come down to feed on the worms and insects.

  76. Have a variety of shrubs and trees for shelter and protection, offer a range of different foods to attract different species. Then get your binoculars, sit back and enjoy!

  77. We have a Blue Tit ornament in our garden, it seems to let the other birds know that its safe to come and feed 🙂

  78. i use cable ties and basket pulleys to stop the crows flying off with the feeders so the little birds can keep coming to feed. I have lots of different feeders and food so I do catering for as many small birds as possible and my two collared doves. I also have 2 robins currently in my garden, I think they are courting as they feed each other. I was watching them in my garden one morning and they looked as if they were kissing as their beaks were touching, but they were probably sharing their food. Maybe I will get a nest box in time for breeding season next year

  79. Having moved into a new-build with a dirt only garden, we immediately planted some fruit trees (as there is an orchard down the road so we knew the ground was suitable) … they grow quickly and add cover (and produce fruit) and we have blue tits nesting every year in the nesting box on the wall behind our peach tree

  80. Feed them regularly so they know there is always food. Supply water and give them room and lots of flowers and bushes for natural food

  81. Feed them regularly, when I go out to put food out I can hear the birds getting ready to feed! and they don’t seem bothered by my 3 cats either who can set quite happily a few metres from the birds!

  82. Provide a safe feeding area with nearby trees or shrubs and offer water and a variety of foods. This brambling visits us in the winter.

  83. Always try to keep everything in your garden as nature intended. Never use chemicals to kill the bugs! Plant an apple tree which attracts i sects which will, in turn, bring the hu gry birds into your garden as well as providing plemty of cruit for your pies! Its a win win situation!:)

  84. Make sure that the bird feeder is filled daily, is full of wheat-free mix which consists of a selection of good quality seeds and grains (without husks) and which includes suet pellets and that they always have access to fresh water.

  85. High up out of the way to make it harder for cats. And a wide variety of seeds and nuts to entice a wide variety of birds, which is nicer to watch from the kitchen window.

  86. Give them good quality food, squirrel proof your feeders and ban all cats from your garden. Our dog, who seems to love the birds, helps tremendously as a cat deterrent.

  87. Have some sort of hedge or tree for birds to hide in away from predators and provide water in some shape or form, birdbath, bowl or hanging water supply.

  88. Keep the water in the bird bath fresh and filled as they enjoy a bath in all weathers. Have lots of resting places apart from the washing line for them to perch on. Supply a variety of bid food at different heights and from assorted feeders. I’m lucky that my daughter works at Folly Wildlife which is a British wildlife rescue centre and often brings birds home to be released.

  89. Provide birds with plenty of shelter in the form of trees and shrubs, put up nesting boxes and plant native plants to attract insects. Provide a variety of seed and suet balls to attract various species and fresh water for both drinking and bathing all year round. It is also a good idea to put a bell on the cat’s collar so the birds can hear him approaching

  90. Keep the pesky house cats away by putting orange and lemon peel in your borders and flower beds, they cant stand the smell of it. Less cats = more birds!

  91. Consistent supply of good quality food, cleanliness of feeders and plenty of shrubbery for safe cover from predators

  92. Find out what they like to eat and keep giving it to them! A squirrel feeding box is useful because it keeps them off the bird feeders.

  93. Crumble your fat balls add mixed seeds, sultanas, raisins or currants place on the ground and all your groundfeeders cannot keep away.

  94. put a selection of different seeds and fat balls / slices etc, and scatter some on the ground for the birds lke collared doves to prefer this

  95. My tip for attracting wild birds is to always leave water out for them and to grow plants that have berries on

  96. I leave a selection of fat balls suet cakes and sunflower hearts and they all come. Lots of protective cover like trees and bushes help too.

  97. I live backing onto an orchard and put a variety of feed out twice a day together with fresh water. It is placed at different levels to attract a wide variety of birds. There is a tree right by the house that they fill waiting for me each day and as I move from feeder to feeder the small birds flutter past me to get to the first filled feeder.

  98. My tip would have to be: if you are going to attract garden birds with food, make sure you can regularly feed them as they will become reliant on that food source especially in very cold weather. Attached my favourite garden visitor so far – a juvenille female greater spotted woodpecker. She hasn’t been back since then but spent a good 30 minutes posing for photos.


  100. Without doubt it is a pond. But I do fill the garden with all sorts of different bird foods and the suet blocks always get the most attention.

  101. Put different types of feeders with a variety of feeds near trees or shrubs so birds can easily fly for cover when predators are about, and baby birds can sit nearby waiting for a feed. It’s best not to put feeders near regular nesting sites. We also have a well established variegated large leaved ivy on the back of the house and established variegated small leaf ivy on the front, a well established ivy adorning side fencing and walls. All of which provide homes for sparrows, robins, wrens, blackbirds etc each year. Evergreen shrubs and trees also attract the goldcrest. Blue Tits are regular’s in the nest boxes put up on trees. Most importantly, you must have bird baths and a pond even if it is small – birds love them!

  102. I have struck up a rather nice friendship with just one ring collarded dove-he comes over every morning and I put out bird food for him and the same at about 6pm-I talk when he eats-perfect relationship-he eats about 2 yards from me-hopefully he will become friendly

  103. Provide a regular supply of food in positions where the birds will feel secure, e.g. near bushes, together with a water supply positioned such that predators have no cover. A variety of food in different types of feeders will also make it more likely to attract the maximum number of different birds. Prevent squirrels by using squirrel proof feeders and/or provide an alternative supply of food for them. A Perspex fronted box with a hinged lid will give them a puzzle to solve and an opportunity to take photographs by careful siting of the nut store.

  104. We have a very large garden just short of half acre and have planted
    bird friendly shrubs and flowers with trees and hedges for nesting and
    protection. We feed a selection of seed, nuts and suet all the time in the
    late autumn to late spring, making sure to have no feeding gaps.
    From the conservatory we often see up to 50 birds feeding.

  105. Keep the feeders stocked up all year round and plant bird friendly plants and shrubs in your garden, ie teasels for the Goldfinches and Berberis for Blackbirds.

  106. Throw away uneaten peanuts in feeders every couple of weeks and replace with a fresh supply-no birds wish to eat mouldy nuts!
    and keep the cat inside until after lunch when the birds settle down for a siesta.

  107. Ensure your seed containers are kept clean and topped up to attract our feathered friends into the garden.

  108. Always ensuring that I have enough reserve stock of a wide variety of seeds, nuts & specialist foods to be able to top up the feeders daily together with a ready supply of water so the birds do not have to search elsewhere.

  109. Place bird feeders where the birds will feel safe whilst they eat. For example, mine are on a fence between 2 trees and the birds queue up on the tree branches and take it in turns to fly down to the feeders. Last summer we had over 70 sparrows at one time. The trees were so full they were lining up on the fence!

  110. I have been feeding birds in my garden for fifty years give them as many feeding stations spreadout so that the birds are able to feed in peace with as many different foods as possible all year long

  111. Provide a bird station with a variety of food and water and never let it run out. A constant supply keeps them coming.

  112. Along with your seed and peanuts they have chicken skin to fatten them up, and I buy value bran flakes and value sultanas for the fibre they need to keep them REGULAR in my garden.

  113. Have lots of Bird baths dotted around the garden and hidden in amongst bushes/plants where the birds feel safe having a bath, along with different feeders hidden in amongst the bushes also.

  114. Ground food mixture early morning and evening – mix of sultanas/wild bird mix/peanuts/porridge oats/suet pellets/dried meal worms.

    3 feeders with sunflower hearts and one bird nut feeder and one squirrel nut feeder to keep them away from bird food.

    Hundreds of birds daily including a pheasant (yells if no ground food available) and his hen.

  115. Lots of different types of wild bird food, we put out a regular mix (bought in big 20/25kg sacks, mixed with a cheaper brand from B&M at £4.99 for a 12.5 kg bag), with additions of black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, niger seed, peanuts, mealworms (dried), dried fruit (sultanas, sometimes mixed dried fruit) monkey nuts, suet pellets and fruited suet pellets, fat balls, its a veritable birds restaurant and we spread the seed around, small amounts in different areas so they do not have to fight over it. We get robins, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, starlings, thrush, blackbirds, collared doves, bull finches, brambling, wrens, dunnocks, goldfinches and gold crests, magpies, crow (a aprticularily friendly one, that doesn’t shift far when putting the food out) hedge sparrows and house sparrows, wood pigeon and wild common ex- racing pigeons. and one time we even had a massive owl on our old satellite dish- it was 2 feet tall, by the time i fetched my camera it had gone 🙁 and a sparrow hawk which used to sit on our garden path waiting for some poor sparrow to come looking for food, or a blackbird etc. We have never had any woodpeckers despite the many trees round the edges of our garden and we are too far north for any of the wild parakeets that seem to fly around in the southern part of the country

  116. A safe environment, with plenty of trees or hedges to roost in, plus access to food and water at all times

  117. I have some lovely big trees and we made some bird feeders using a pine cone with lard and seed on (messy arts and crafts with my toddler!)

  118. Put food out for the birds at a regular time each day and make sure there is some water for the birds to drink.

  119. Put the food in places accessible to birds but less so to other animals (like cats) but ensure they have a reasonable view of the area around the feeder. Watch the birds that come to the feeder and you quickly identify which birds prefer which food items you have offered. Feed regularly and in the same places as birds quickly get used to those places and make sure you leave fresh water nearby (enough for drinking and bathing).

  120. They seem to love sunflower hearts. We have had bullfinch, 19 goldfinches and 2 redpoll since we started feeding these

  121. Putting out the crusts from my daughters sandwiches, they seem to find them more interesting than bird food.

  122. I have left lots of wild areas to encourage frogs and newts, bees and butterflys and all insects, piling up logs and sticks, leaves, old plant leftovers, bits of compost, pots and hollow things and I leave the fallen leaves here and there too. I’m hoping all of this benefits the birds too and have certainly seen blackbirds having a good old rummage for worms quite regularly!

  123. You need a few trees and bushes around your garden. Use a variety of nuts and seeds for some birds, suet pellets, and fat balls, sunflower hearts for other birds are a must too. Chucking in a few meal worms as you go

  124. My number one tip for attracting birds into the garden is to capture all the cats and move them 2000 miles away. Works every time. Other than that: cake crumbs.

  125. We have two bird feeding stations which have fat balls, fruit suet and bird seed containers which we fill up regularly and the birds come back for more.

  126. Make sure that food and water is put out and regularly and be out in the garden with them. I find that Robins and Blackbirds particularly appear to be very sociable. The Robins in our garden get up close within a few moments of our French doors opening and we have had two in our garden all winter.

  127. Make sure that you have water available , My water feature and fountain are on all the time and the birds queue up.

  128. Water and a selection of gourmet bird foods-niger seed, soft bill mix peanuts,,suet balls and live meal worms-plus handy perching cover and a pump action water pistol for feline hunters!!

  129. All our local birds seem to know what time of the day you put out their food, so a top tip is to be as consistent as you can with feeding and topping up the feeding stations.
    We notice them flying into the garden beforehand, “waiting” for their favourite feeder to be topped up! The summer visitors quickly learn from our native small birds.

  130. I find that it is best to have some food directly on the ground as well as in the trees to attract a range of birds ( we even have a pheasant regularly visiting our garden).

  131. I live in Shetland so we’re on the migratory path for many birds. I just make sure we’ve got lots of fatty, protein balls hanging from the washing line and they always stop by.

  132. Be consistent! Don’t feed the birds one week and then not bother the next. Leave food out daily if possible, especially during the winter months. Seed and suet ball feeders are great for this purpose. Extras can be left out on a table. Positioning of the feeders and table is key. You want to put it in a place that the birds can find it, but away from fences or other places a cat could launch an attack from. At the same time, I always place the feeders near plants, so the small birds can hide from birds of prey.

  133. I always make sure the birds are fed at more or less the same time every day and check the feeders during the day to make sure they have not run out. They seem to be able to tell the time and the pigeons are sitting on the fence every morning waiting. As soon as I go out the crows swoop down ready to pounce on the left over cat food I give them. They have a water fountain and the crows and magpies love to dunk bread in it. The smaller birds love to bath in it

  134. If you regulary stock your feeders, regulary clean your feeders, you will enjoy a regular supply of visitors.

  135. Start with putting food out for them, and do it regularly. They prefer feeding tables/stations not to far from hedgerows etc so they can escape to cover should a bird of prey come in. We were lucky enough to have this Albino Sparrow in our garden last year, and felt really privalidged, until the Sparrowhawk got it one day 🙁

  136. I put out peanuts, sunflower seeds, mixed seed and fat balls but position the feeders so that the birds have the protection of foliage and shrubbery, which gives them a feeling of security and the opportunity to escape sparrow hawk attacks.

  137. Give them plenty of shrubs and bushes to hide in if they feel vulnerable. They love to hop from the bushes to the feeders and back again.

  138. When feeding birds consistency and patience are the two key words. Feeding birds shouldn’t be something done only when you feel like it ~ birds depend on a regular source of food and won’t keep coming if your feeders are often empty. Always use good quality food and be patient ~ I put out niger seed for two years before the goldfinches finally ‘discovered’ it ~ now I have regular visits of flocks sometimes up to 20 in number ~ my hard work and patience paid off at last!

  139. As well as making sure there’s always food about, make sure there’s a variety of kinds of food so that you have a better chance of getting birds to visit. Over the year, I get 10-15 different species visiting regularly and that’s just the ones I’ve seen!

  140. Supply a good selection of different foods served in feeders for little birds and platforms for the larger ones, so easy access for all – all out of reach of next door’s cat!!!

  141. We spend at least £400 a year and have mixed feeders all over our garden as well as three large compost bins which certainly attracts the Robins on a daily basis. The variety is super even attracting pheasants and redlegged partridge.

  142. Hi,
    I was amazed at how many birds were attracted to our garden after I installed a concrete bird bath.
    Regards Peter.

  143. Position the feeders close to shrubbery so that the birds feel secure and make sure the feeders and water is never empty. We now have a pair of Blackbirds who sit on the fence waiting for top ups of the mealworms (making their life easy for feeding the fledglings)

  144. I mix cheap pears & sunflower hearts together – the song birds love it!
    And I always make sure there is a constant supply of water – The birds are always queuing in our garden!

  145. I feed the birds regularly every day with clean from dust, de-husked, quality mixed year round bird food and fat balls using plenty of feeders to lessen the amusing noisy squabbles. Feeding regularly using the same area of the garden gets the birds used to their always being food available and they will trust you and visit in droves. All sorts of British Birds come to our tiny garden, including the hawk who thinks our birds taste better and are fatter year round. Our hedge sparrows, house sparrows, blackbirds, song thrushes, wrens, Jackdaws, collared doves, wood pigeons, blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, green finches, pheasants and even a squirrel are hard to catch because they are also very alert and fit even in winter. Our resident sparrow hawk is the one getting thinner, ha-ha. Feeding year round helps care for the parent birds who also have to feed their chicks. de-husked seeds means they spend less time preparing their food and more time eating. Always remember to provide clean water daily because as many birds die on a hot dry day for lack or water as might do in winter because of cold and hunger. Cleanliness at the feeders is also very important of course.

  146. There is no doubt that providing a quality product in a safe environment is important.
    Make sure that your feeders are filled every day, my favorite is and the birds favorite is
    Crushed Sunflower seeds all variety of birds enjoy them.

  147. Always hang your Bird food and fat balls high in a tree if possible never on the ground then they can feed safely away from predators like the pussy cat from next door.You will find flocks of birds attracted to the food because they will feel safe. Always provide water in a pedestal bird bath.

  148. peel old tired apples that you will no longer eat, (we all have a few don’t we?) core them and place string through the middle and tie to bushes, trees above cat and rat height. You will attract woodpeckers, blackbirds and goldfinches by the dozen. Enjoy!

  149. It’s especially important to feed birds during the winter months, so make sure you provide seed and nuts on a daily basis. Once they discover a regular source of food, they’ll visit your garden regularly and tell all their feathered-friends !

  150. The best tip I can give is do nothing. Let nature rule in your garden and you will see a huge increase in visits. I regularly find my garden carpeted in sparrows. hundreds of them.

  151. give the birds some shelter – don’t leave bird tables and hanging feeders where cats can attack the birds as they try to eat

  152. Last Sunday as usual i cooked Sunday dinner and as usual the kids (grown up kids) were late so i decided to treat the birds and wow iv never seen as many, dont think my kids will be late again they were not happy but i was and so were the birds although the next day i dont think they were impressed when they just got bird food

  153. Good quality seed, a nice quiet spot away from cars and patience, I waited two years for Goldfinches and now we have a flock that arrive all the time.

  154. I find that this recipe for birdie bars attracts loads of birds to my garden. It is enjoyed by loads of chaffinches, goldfinches and all the tit families.
    They love it.
    4 cups cornmeal (or crushed cornflakes) 1 cup of suet
    1 cup peanuts (crushed) 1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup of raisins 1 finelychopped apple
    2 cups wild bird seed

    Melt the suet and add peanut butter, cornmeal & seeds, mix together well on a low heat, when cornmeal is cooked press into a baking tray. When cold place in the freezer and leave for a few hours until solid enough to crumble. Crumble the whhole amount and place in a large mixing bowl.
    add the peanuts, raisins and chopped apple. If it is not sticking together well add more fat (suet or lard). When the birdie bars are well mixed fill your containers, either paper cups or old clean yogurt pots. They can be frozen until needed.
    My bird feeding station is near the pond with a sloping ‘beach’, they like bathing and drinking there.

  155. Plant trees and shrubs that produce foliage that provides adequate shelter from predators. Attract different species with various types of food obtainable from Garden Wildlife Direct. We have feeding stations, both at ground level and above, front and back of our house. The food is quickly consumed and we replace the supplies at least twice a day. The different species are permanently safe from all predators. Our area is semi rural and the bird count is quite high.

  156. We have all sorts of birds including pheasants and wild ducks, they love a variety of good bird seeds and peanuts and we feed them all year.
    A well stocked garden with hiding places and a big attraction is the pond and waterfall, free showers!!

  157. Have a variety of foods (suet blocks, fat balls, mixed seed, sunflower heads, niger seeds etc) around the garden…and keep the cats inside. We have three house cats, and have invested in a cat wheel so the cats have exercise, and don’t kill the local wildlife!

  158. I simply make sure my feeders are topped up and the water in the birdbath is changed and topped up daily…Simples

  159. Make sure they have some cover/a hiding place so they can feel safe from predators while they are eating. Some plants in a border will work well or, if you only have a yard, a gathering of pots with plants in and room in between at ground level works too. If they feel too exposed, they won’t come and feed. Or if they do, they will grab and go and not give you time to enjoy watching them.

  160. Tip 1: Always keep your feeders topped up. If they find them empty too often they will find somewhere else to go.
    Tip 2: Put your feeder near a bush or tree. The birds seem to like to land somewhere safe and close first before going for the food.

  161. We had bird feeders with peanuts and suet/fat balls for years but only a few birds would visit. However, the addition of separate feeders full of sunflower hearts and niger seeds changed everything. We now get loads of different birds in abundance but beware, they do “shout” if the feeders are empty!

  162. Place the bird table where there are some trees and bushes to protect birds from predictors and then put plenty of different types of garden wild life food out for birds.

  163. After living in my present house for 28 years in the countryside, there were very few birds, this was probably due to the fact that there were very few trees in the garden.

    We started to put food out for the few birds straight away, which has paid off over the years as there are a phenomenal amout of birds now.

    Over a period of time, we planted apple trees, silver birches a poplar and various other trees.

    We have birds from House and Tree Sparrows, who love the fat balls. Long tail tits who love the nuts and fat balls, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Green Finches, a host of Goldfinches, who love the Sunflower Seeds, we have also had Siskins and Buntings . Lesser and Spotted Woodpeckers who love the nuts and fat balls.

    I also have a Nyjer feeder, but the Goldfinches seem to prefer the Sunflower Seeds.

    I have resident Magpie’s and have rare visits from Marsh Tits, Coal Tits and Starlings.

    I saw a yellow hammer and a Wagtail the other day roaming around the Garden. We have wrens and at present we have three Stock Doves, numerous Wood Pigeons and a Pheasant who love the droppings from the Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts and the No Mess Mixed Seed, so they keep the ground pretty tidy.

    In the past, we have also had daily visits from a pair of Red Leg Patridges.

    We have always put feeders out with fat balls, no mess mixed seed and peanuts, but this year, I decided to put a feeder with just Sunflower Seeds and at one point had a flock of around 30 Greenfinches. The Sunflower Seed feeder is filled every day and so is the nut feeder, but that is more down to the three squirrels who devour the nuts. They also took a liking to the Sunflower Seeds, but unfortunately, it was proving very expensive, so I have had to put them into a squirrel proof feeder.

    In the Winter I had a resident Field Fare who visited my Garden every day for his apples. I used to put around 5 out at a time as the Blackbirds also indulged.

    Also in the Winter, I had a Mistle Thrush who I fed with the meal worms.

    I put Mealworms out for the Blackbirds and the Robin who visits and sits on the bin where I keep the mealworms to let me know he has arrived.

    In one week about a three weeks ago, the birds managed to munch their way through 24 fat balls from one feeder!!

    We have fields surrounding our Garden and I throw Bread everyday which feeds the Crows, Jackdaws and more importantly the Ravens.

    On rare occasions the Jay visits and perches himself on the tray to the nut feeder.

    I also have to be aware, as unfortunately we do have a Sparrow Hawk, who is certainly not welcome in my garden!!

  164. Leave a good quantity of quality food in various locations and types of feeder to attract the largest range of birds possible ! Don’t forget to have a big bird bath so they can wash and drink too !

  165. I live on the Isle of Skye and I have a large variety of wild birds visiting me all year round and this means that I have to cater for all tastes. I therefore use lots of feeders and fill them daily with wild bird mix which contains lots of tasty bits for even the smallest of Pied Wagtail. Even the Rock Doves enjoy the mix and try to feed from the feeders which are hanging from the trees, despite bird’s size. The Chaffinches seem to prefer the peanut feeders, but also like to nibble on bits of fruit and bread that I scatter on the garden around the feeders.

  166. I think best way of attracting birds to your garden is to have several feeding stations with various foods in different locations, one at least close to trees/shrubs or bushes, with adequate water and feed all year round. Plant seeding wild flowers such as Teasel (photo attached of Goldfinch on Teasel)

  167. Location of feeder is probably the most important. If the feeder is directly above a stout branch on predators can sit and wait for the moment to strike, it is unlikely to attract birds. Or is too near a wall, where the same scenario would apply. Once ‘siting’ is done and dusted, the ‘variety’ of seed mix comes into play. Tits, Robins, and similar small birds are all relatively easy to attract. Don’t forget fat balls, water, etc. But, … just the same as humans … remember birds will travel a distance for a nourishing feed. Provide a good environment, with quality feedstuff, and “they will come”.

  168. Putting feed out is obvious but my tip is to hang the bird feeder on fine stainless steel cable stung across the garden the squirrels are unable to get along it. Works really well no squirrel has ever got to it in 14 years of trying.

  169. Give them a good choice, we use suet, mealworms, seeds and fat balls, and also ensure there is water for them too. Our garden fills with Blue tits and robins and a cheeky pair of magpies.

  170. Lots of different types of bird food in various feeders, peanuts and a good range of plants, I’m sure the birds treat our garden like the local café LOL

  171. Well its not really a tip, but we have always put bird feeders out in the garden when we got a couple of pet rabbits last year and let them run around in the garden loads of birds would come and feed ( I guess they thought it was a safe envirionment )

  172. Plenty of seeds, nuts suet balls, fresh water and fresh bread and fat attracts the birds to our garden along with the flowers, shrubs and trees.

  173. I’m lucky enough to live in a woodland area so have lots of species of birds. I use different coloured feeders to attract different birds such as yellow for goldfinches using niger seed. I have a window feeder with mealworms which attracts the robins so I have a great view of them. I also have feeders & hanging bird baths with wide openings for the smaller birds to feed & bathe as well as larger bird baths on the ground for the ground feeders. I use the best quality won’t grow mixtures so I don’t get lots of weeds growing & the pheasant families who visit love the sunflower hearts & peanut granules that I leave on a ground feeder for them. I have 10 who visit each day as well as a family of 7 badgers who visit each evening. I also use fat ball feeders particularly during the winter months & make sure not to put whole peanuts on the ground during breeding season as the young may choke

  174. A variety of seed and the right feeders. Three Years ago I purchased a Niger feeder and Niger seed – 24 hours later we had Goldfinches feeding in our garden for the first time. I’d never seen these birds before – How they found the seed I will never know. Did feathered friends tell them there was a new restaurant in town?
    We now provide a variety of seed and have everything from starlings to jays visiting every day.

  175. Top of the list for bird feeding is consistency, I feed every day without fail, birds are waiting in the trees for their breakfast and the moment I’m in they are down to feed, birds need assurance that their feeding places are always there for them, when I’m away a neighbour who loves bridwatching feeds them for me. So number one tip is CONSISTENCY, 365 days, be reliable for them, they need us and you will be rewarded with a great variety of birdlife and entertainment too.

  176. We put out bird seed and fat balls and bird-friendly plants, all of which has increased the number of birds in our garden. However our top tip is to install a pond and then don’t get too fond of the fish. Please see the attached photo of a kingfisher in our garden, with one of our fish in its beak!

  177. Have a variety of foods on offer but almost more important make sure your garden has a variety of plants to attract all kinds of wildlife as well as providing cover. We have a cotoneaster bush close to a feeding station and that is by most of the birds which visit the garden. It is a stopping off place and an ideal hiding place when the sparrowhawk is about, together with a place to queue while they wait for a place on the feeders.

  178. Set up your feeders in an area that is free from places where cats can hide and wait in ambush for the birds. Put out a wide variety of different foods to attract a range of birds. Keep feeders clean and ensure a supply of clean drinking water.

  179. at this time of year I always put out bits of wool, feathers and straw in a fat ball feeder or similar so that the birds have plenty of nesting materials. Also make sure to put out live mealworms when they are busy feeding their young.

  180. Look after the birds and they’ll look after you and your garden (by getting rid of unwelcome visitors and unwanted insect).

    Feed the birds consistently and they’ll be loyal to you and give hours of pleasure.

    Birds look after themselves if you look after them.

  181. I have bushes with loads of berries – Certainly attracts my blackbird and robin (I call them mine!!) I also have squirrel proof feeders

  182. Feed birds regularly each morning using different types of feeders and a variety of
    foods and they’ll return again and again. The birds in my garden make me feel guilty
    if I get up later than usual because there’s a queue of them waiting for breakfast!

  183. I have many different bird visitors, my garden has three bird baths, lots of large shrubs which provide perfect nesting, nesting boxes, the food I put out is sunflower hearts in feeders and on the ground, fruity suet bits (two robins wait every day for these to be put in basket mesh feeder and will feed even though I am present), also sultanas for the blackbirds, scones broken into very small pieces and recently discovered that crackers are wildly popular. In the winter fat balls and cakes, also boiled rice. It seems the greater variety of food means many different species of birds visit and soon are regularly visiting my garden. It is an absolute pleasure to watch them especially at bathing time.

  184. B – Build up trust, keep to a routine as much as possible
    I – Inconspicous – try not to spend too much time around nestboxes and feeders
    R – Reliabile keep feeders and water toped up
    D – Delicacies – birds love treats such as cake raisins cheese
    S – Safety be aware of places where predators can hide such as bushes and climable trees

  185. What works for my husband and I is food, food and more food. All variations as well! this year (with the right seed) we attracted Pheasants into the garden and the balcony! Feeding birds is a true joy.

  186. Grass seeding a new lawn I’ve got a pair of robins working in tandem with a blackbird pinching it all.

  187. Good quality feed and placed out regularly to reach all species of birds, including the predators….see photograph attached showing the food chain that my garden provides.

  188. Put bird tables and suet feeders in or near trees, put plenty of different foods on table to attract different birds, birds will often feed from either the suet feeders hanging in the tree while they are checking the coast is clear before using the table

  189. to attract BIRDS follow these simple steps B – Build up trust, get into a routine. I – inconspicuous, make your watching activities as discreet as possible. R reliable – make sure they know you are by keeping feeders and water bowls topped up. D -Delicacies keep them tempted with occasional treats such as cheese, cake and fruit. S – safety, make sure feeders are as far away from predators as possible – be aware of bushes cats could hide in or trees they could climb

  190. First place your feeders high near bushes so the birds can fly in grab food and fly off to a branch and eat peacefully.

  191. Be patient. Keep feeders in the same place and topped up with good quality food as available from Garden Wildlife Direct. A choice of food is a good idea too. The birds will come.

  192. Have a regular supply of food. A good variety consisting of mixed seed, nuts, mealworm, suet pellets. Dont change feeders around because it takes another day for them to get used to new addittions / changes.Put the feeders in a quiet part of the garden, near trees if possible. a water source is essential , I have a small ornamental fountain that the birds drink and bathe in.

  193. Having a variety of shrubs, flowers, weeds, and berry and blossom bearing plants to attract insects and giving a varied food source for all the varieties of birds.

  194. All the birds are eating is fat as I suppose they are building their reserves up before incubating. Mine also love…hedgehog food.

  195. Don’t be to precious about keeping your garden weed free and the grass super short! Set aside a “nature area” for the birds and wildlife to enjoy. This means a little less time spent gardening and a little more time to watch the birds we enjoy feeding. Oh and make sure you provide plenty of fresh clean water for drinking and washing.

  196. Bird feeders also attract sparrow hawks and small birds are reluctant to feed if the feeder to exposed, especially if there care tallish trees in the immediate area

  197. I always place my bird feeders near a shrub or small tree so the birds can perch on there to make sure the coast is clear before using the feeders

  198. In one word – consistency! If you start feeding, keep feeding. The birds will come if they know they are definitely going to find food all the time and it is good quality giving them high energy returns, and always provide water.

  199. it’s dangerous for the little birds to have whole peanuts , so I grind them into small pieces in my food mixer. I cut the fatballs up too. Then I mix peanuts, fatballs with the seed and add sultanas (blackbirds love sultanas ) I have a host of different birds come to my garden summer and winter. The blackbirds will sit on the bird table as I put the food out. They are so friendly and sit in the tree singing their little hearts outs. I also make sure they have plenty so water in other areas of the garden even though we have a pond. They love bathing in the statue we have.

  200. Provide natural habitat, a water source, keep feeders full with a selection of different food. Enjoy your garden.

  201. I have several feeders for the different birds and their tastes and always have clean water available despite having a pond.

  202. I have three different types of bird feeders, and found that large birds (crows, magpies etc) would dominate the feeders despite two of the feeders having squirrel-proof cages around the suet and peanut feeders. I added an additional “cage” of netting around the feeders, so the larger birds could not reach the feeders. This now means that larger birds are regular visitors, and feed on the ground, and the small birds also stay and feed – with their “waste” becoming the feed for the larger birds – a perfect solution!

  203. Keep a nice tidy garden which allows them access to natural food and keep fresh water out everyday so they can bath and drink!x

  204. I love watching the birds with my two year twins, we have a bird book and we try to identify them as they fly in-between the various feeders in our garden. I have two feeders containing fat balls, one full of peanuts, one full of bird seed mix, and a handmade bird feeder that is a branch with holes drilled into it, and little steps so the birds can stand on something. I fill the holes with a soft fat/seed mixture (again very similar to fat balls but softer so its easy to put it in the holes of the branch. I also regularly hang coconut halves that are full of goodies (I presume its the same kind of thing as the fat balls) when the birds have eaten the contents, I place the empty coconut shells in the branches of the trees in my garden and secure them with twine, so that when it rains they collect water for the birds to drink (when its very dry I fill them myself) Another thing that I learnt by ‘happy accident’ is that the birds love to use the coconut matting that I have in all my hanging baskets to build their nests with!! They have been very selective and only use the brown matting (I have green as well) and every morning I awake to the sounds of birdsong almost in my bedroom with me- they didn’t go far with their goodies, there are at least two, maybe three nests in our roof. Its definitely my favourite alarm bell! I also have two bird boxes that the tits return to every year and nest in! Our garden is full of birds and wildlife, and thats just how we like it!

  205. Provide a variety of seeds, nuts, fat balls etc well out of reach of cats. I also fill half coconuts with veg suet melted with fruit and nuts in. They seem to love that

  206. Grow a hedge of various types of berry bearing shrubs – these provide lovely flowers and foliage as well as being a place for birds to shelter, rest & nest, and supply a good selection of fresh food.

  207. Grow a hedge consisting of different types of bushes which bear berries that birds like to eat. When the bushes mature they provide places for the birds to rest and shelter in, as well as providing a fresh supply of food.

  208. KIS – Keep It Simple.
    Feed sunflower hearts and peanuts in feeders and mixed seed on a low table or on the ground. This will keep all your birds ( and some animals ) very happy with very little waste and minimum fuss. We have 22 or more species coming to the feeders every day.
    Oh and don’t forget water if you haven’t got a pond.

  209. My best tip is to have a number of different feeding stations, near cover if possible, containing different varieties of food for all types of birds, as well as a number of nesting boxes for them to choose from.

  210. I’ve had a variety of birds in my garden since the neighbour left with her three cats,I have Blue Tits, two Collar Doves, Magpies,two Robins,loads of Starlings, lots of Sparrows, I even saw a Hawk once and a big old Wood Pigeon. I think if you provide a varied selection of food you will attract more type of birds.

  211. To attract birds into the garden, plant and plan for all our wildlife: native species of trees, flowers, and shrubs, including fruit–many ‘garden’ varieties of these are available; hedges instead of fences; drystone walls; wild and untidy areas (think leaf litter, old logs, nettles, under the shed); a pond if that’s possible; wildlife-safe pest control in the kitchen garden

  212. Buy a dog to scare off all this nadty cats , if yo can’t afford a dog borrow one from a friend or run around the garden barking

  213. I have 4 water-baths in my garden with 2 of them at height – this allow squirrels to drink without coming lower in the garden and disturbing the Birds

  214. Sign that reads “free food to any bird that can read this”. It’s amazing how many birds can read. I also tweet

  215. Top tip , the birds in our garden love peanuts we get a large sack and put them in bird feeders . They also attract squirrels . We have spotted a woodpecker too .

  216. Birds need water and they often have to fly a long way to find some so a bird bath is great for attracting birds into your garden 🙂 .

  217. Position feeder within a short distance from a bush or hedge so that birds may retreat to or observe the surroundings for preditors.

  218. Hang several feeders in close proximity of each other – as soon as 1 bird comes in gives confidence to many others to join!

  219. by making sure there is a variety of seeds for the various birds. Away from the cats and situated on the feeding station.

  220. Have a good dig and it is surprising how many birds come for the worms and grubs that are easier to get at!

  221. My number one tip is probably very simple to most bird lovers. Provide a safe feeding area, away from cats, with a vast array of seed, suet, nuts, worms – basically anything yummy to tempt our little feathered friends! Then sit back, grab the binoculars and hope that your garden is blessed with a variety of species and song.
    Add a few bird boxes to add to your enjoyment!

  222. Feed them all year round, year after year, with a variety of products-foods.. (make sure you keep all stations clean regularly)
    Once they know where the food is (spread out, not all in one place), they will come day in day out, year in year out. And don’t forget to give them fresh water every day in a birdbath to; for drinking and bathing. Like a 5* luxury Hotel my friends describe my whole ‘bird care – provision area’ And yup, the whole neighborhood and strangers who pass by, call me the ‘BirdLady’/ I guess i have been called worse 😉

  223. We use a selection of suet blocks, fat balls, peanuts and seed in several places over garden and also have 2 bird baths. Our pond also covers a bath for the larger birds

  224. Keep the cat in through the day and let out at night time…that’s what I do and I can enjoy my birds during the day and keeps them safe from being caught from cat. { I only do this in the spring/summer when birds are nesting and fledging and the cat has a kennel to go into when it is chilly}

  225. Keep it untidy – have some hidden areas of bundles of twigs & leaves, under shrubs and the base of walls. Birds need places to seek out grubs, worms & insects and a source of nesting material and prospective nest sites. These unkempt areas are essential in the winter!

  226. To attract birds to our garden , we maintain a tree, in such away that it provides plenty of branches for hanging bird feeders amongst them. During the winter the tree provides berries that the Blackbirds love and the feeders are more suited to the Blue Tits and Robins.

  227. Apart from providing a variety of different bird feeders and types of food I find it essential to keep my upturned rubber dustbin lid, that sits on an old tyre, clean and full of fresh water – the birds that visit my garden love this shallow supply of water for bathing themselves as well as for drinking.

  228. We use high quality seeds, put plenty out in different feeders and on the ground too so that different birds are attracted to our garden. We have also found that if we put some nuts and seeds loose near the feeders the squirrels eat them and don’t damage our feeders.

  229. Make sure feeders are always clean .plenty of clean water for birds to drink & have a bath. place feeders were its safe near trees & bushes ..we have a lot of birds in our garden ,gold finches .black birds. sparrows wrens. finches .blue tits. coal tits .great tits .robin. song thrush. starlings .All because fresh food & water left out every day .keep the birds happy they will come back to your garden all year round .!!

  230. Site your feeding station in a safe place, not too near the house and preferably near shrubs and trees and make sure there is always plenty of fresh food and water available.

  231. Box, wire sided, holes sized for small birds. Variety of foods in little containers, also small bowl of water ( regular changed).
    I have counted 13 different birds in one day. Best of luck. Dawn

  232. My top tip for attracting birds is using a home-made feed using good quality seed mixed with lard. The birds love it and kids love making it!

  233. At this time of year, with young to feed, you can not beat live mealworms to tempt a diverse number of different species. It seems the desire for live food helps the parent birds to lose their innate shyness – so far this year I have had House Sparrows, Robins, Blue and Great Tits and Blackbirds willing to come 6 – 8 foot from where I am sat to take beakfulls of mealworms for their hungry broods.

  234. Never leave your feeding stations empty, always have a constant supply of food from garden wildlife direct!! Their the best!!

  235. Water/water fresh every day even several time a day. Also a wide variety of food nyger seed, sunflower hearts, the best mixed seed you can afford, fat balls/blocks, suet pellets, dried meal worms, dried fruit. This diet will cover most of the bird food that our feathered friends like. This is rewarded by a large flock of various types, gold finch, chaffinch greenfinch, siskin blue tit, coal tit, great finch,dunnet, sparrows, song thrush mistle thrush, blackbird, starlings, fieldfare (winter) , and others I can’t remember at the moment. Many nest round and about as they bring their babies to feed and they are starting to arrive now. One final thing don’t forget the ground feeders I give them a selection of the above but don’t forget to keep the area under the feeders clean. One benefit,hedgehogs love the mealworms we have up to four a night visiting. David

  236. Fill the seed feeder with dried mealworms to stop them blowing away and stop too many big birds getting them.

  237. Variety is the spice of (a bird’s) life!! That’s what I believe anyway. Mine are pretty picky about what they eat, and my feeding station has been likened to Heathrow. I always have wild bird seed, sunflower hearts and peanuts from Garden Wildlife Direct, along with fat balls, grapes, pomegranate, apple, mango, avocado, suet pellets and some cheese. Well we all need our grains and 5-a-day!! Thankfully Garden Wildlife Direct prices are keen which means I can give my birds what they like and need. Thanks Garden Wildlife Direct!! Have also put out cut up alpaca wool, for years, in the supermarket onion/orange string bags, for nesting. My birds have the best “des res in the country!
    PS. Please make sure you keep your feeders clean to keep Trichomonosis, (which affects greenfinches, sparrow,etc) at bay. Please check out Trichomonosis on Google……love my birds!!

  238. Ensure there is food always available at the feeding station and that it is fresh, Also lots of people do not realise birds also need water at the station

  239. Put out various foods i.e seeds, nuts, fruit, raisins etc. and at all different levels for the different types of feeders (birds). Plenty of water too for drinking and bathing. Try if possible not to hang food where cats can hide or reach.

  240. We have several bird boxes in the garden and have had nests in them for the last few years. We also have a water feature that they like.

  241. I have several feeding stations some with mixed seed some with sunflower seeds and also some suet balls – make sure some seeds are in hangers and others are on a flat surface. Several water supplies for drinking and bathing is also essential.

  242. Take measures to keep cats out.There are products such as spiked plastic strips to screw on top of the fence

  243. Put out two feeders of different food. I put out peanuts and sunflower seeds. I see at least 15 different birds most days.

  244. Two packs of suet and two packs of mixed raisins and a pack of porridge oat (medium size), put all ingredients into a large plastic bowl, add a kettle full of hot water and mix till it starts to thicken. Let it go cold and harden then fill the old wicker suet feeders and also place onto small dishes or a large plant pot bottom, and watch the birds flock to the garden. We do this all year round, it costs a bit but it’s such joy to see them eat heartily.
    Btw, we have medium and large sized plant pot bottoms that we use as either seed feeders or they are great for water for the birds to drink or bathe in.

  245. Hi, instead of concentrating everything around one feeding station in the open, we spread feeding options all around the garden and keep some very close to trees and bushes. This enables the birds to feed without fear of attack from predators. It also encourages different species to visit different areas of the garden.
    Of equal importance we find is to put a selection of drinks fountains and birdbaths around the garden. Happy watching.

  246. Put out a assortment of food e.g hearts, thistle, mixed seed and fat peckers, put the feeders close to a water course and near trees for cover from other larger birds

  247. To make my garden bird friendly, I have trees, bushes and ivy surrounding my bird feeders so the birds feel safe

  248. Not many birds feed in our garden as so many neighbours also feed them but we get loads visiting as we seem to be the only ones who supply easily accessible drinking water.

  249. Since putting out sunflower hearts only, we have had no end of different birds flocking to the garden…all at the same time!! We call them our little druggies. At one point there were 6 goldfinches and two green finches on the two feeders. There is a robin, 3 chaffinch, numerous blue tits and even a wood pigeon has learnt how to balance on the perch and peck the hearts from the feeder. The biggest treat to see, is the pair of bullfinches that come to our garden as well, (I had only previously seen pictures of those before).
    I would definitely recommend sunflower hearts!!

  250. Make sure that your bird feeding station is near to shrubbery so that the smaller birds (Sparrows, Tits, Robins etc) can feel secure whilst feeding and able to make a quick escape if they feel it’s necessary. Also give a variety of food such as seeds, meal worms and fatballs etc.
    Ps. I have found that the feeders need to be far enough away from the shrubbery so that mice cannot jump onto it and steal the food!

  251. Maybe speaking out of turn, but I also keep a parakeet and have been told by vets that lettuce gives birds diarrhoea! I pit scraps of fat out and left over mash. Soaked sultanas,currants and suet (not soaked) and soaked dried mealworms, live ones in spring and summer.

  252. my tip would be to leave out (in a empty birdfeeder) the odd bits of wool or treads from any craft projects or off clothes etc… for the birds to come and collect for their nests this time of year 😀

  253. My squirrel proof peanut feeder is perfect for attracting the local woodpecker family. They cannot get inside the wire cage like the tits, but watching them cling to it upside down, and stick their heads through the wire to reach the peanuts inside is both fascinating and hilarious.

  254. We have running water and mostly sunflower hearts in a tiny suburban garden. We even have a woodpecker visiting the heart feeders now.

  255. My tip would be to have a wide range of variety for the birds to choose from. We always have beautiful birds in our garden and even one in our house…..Our budgie.
    Also we put wet lettuce leaves on the tray and the birds either wash (try to by shaking themselves in the lettuce leaves) or eat them.

  256. Keep wildlife flowers that generally attract wildlife like bees, butterflies, obviously birds… A pond with a beach helps to complete the whole theme of wild where frogs or newts can live. Have bird feeders that are always topped up so birds get used to where they can get food, also from the plants growing in the garden like bugs and worms. Keep feeders and water to drink and to bath in in a safe place off the floor so predators like cats can’t harm them. Again the birds get used to where it is and the tweets will go around. And the last tip is keep the feeder in a place you can see from your window so you can also enjoy the show, hear them singing and even start to study them and learn their habits. Enjoy