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  1. Soak a bowl of dried dog or cat food in boiling water and leave until cooled for a great feast for the birds. I also put it in a hedgehog and squirrel feeder and on the shed roof for larger birds.

  2. You`ve got a birds eye view when you`ve got your head in the sand like olly the ostrich so why not put your foot in it and see what you can achieve.

  3. I find putting out a good variety of bird food attracts a lot of different birds to the garden. I live in a new build house and the garden (and house) are only a year old but we now have about 12-14 species of birds visit every day!
    I have attached a pic of the reed bunting that visits several times a day.

  4. I mix a crushed suet ball and a handful of the following: dried fruit, pellets, nuts, sunflower hearts, and seed mix, with 1/2 oz mild cheese and a few live mealworms,
    on the bird table which attract bluetits, great tits, coal tits, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds, robins, starlings, collard doves and pigeons, and of course squirrels. We also have individual feeders for all these food items on 3 feeding stations in our small garden as well.

  5. I have two malamute there coat is so fluffy so with the brushed fur I put it in a fat ball hanger for the birds and they come down for the fur for their nests

  6. lots of food, large variety for different types of birds, on a daily basis. the birds wait for me to feed them now, as they seem to know when its breakfast time. i also whistle bob marley “don’t worry about a thing” to them as i feed them (they seem to like it) !!!!!!

    long tailed tits and starlings are my favourite, as they have cheeky little raiding parties!!!

    since january,the siskins and redpolls have eaten us out of house and home, they all disappeared last weekend, presumably off to wherever they go to breed. one of the siskins, we discovered , was ringed which was very exciting. the garden seems so quiet without them !!

    oh, and this year we put nesting material out for them, which the jackdaws have gone mad for !!

    one love ! X

  7. Be consistent in what you do, that way the birds put your place into their routine. In the Spring I add things like the dog groomings which they have loved!

  8. From Garden Wildlife Direct,
    Buy quality food that’s checked.
    Then keep your feeders full,
    To maximize bird pull.

  9. I know this sounds odd when this could lead to a prize of a bird feeding station but I’ve found we have many more little birds visiting the bird feeders now that we’ve hung them all from one of our trees. Also we regret having too take out two of our evergreen trees (necessary because they were both dying). We didn’t realise how many little birds used them for cover and nesting. The number of birds dropped significantly when these trees disappeared. So I would highly recommend having some evergreens in your garden and hanging the feeders close by.

  10. Simply use a variety of bird foods, i.e. green finch, gold finch & chaffinch like sunflower hearts. Blue tits and other tits like peanuts, and so on. Tip, get to know what your birds like to eat and be surprised.

  11. The best spring tip for attracting birds to your garden is to put out lots of black sunflower seeds for them to feed on. Then provide delux nestboxes for them to nest in. Please see the hand carved box attached!

  12. Lots of feeders sighted around the garden holding Sunflower Hearts & Premium Fat Balls (the birds love these), Suet pellets and Meal Worms scattered on the ground and in come every garden bird you can imagine in their droves, even the Siskins seem to be hanging around longer this year. The pond supplies their drinking and bathing needs. This year has been my best ever for birds, they cost me a fortune, but a least I get a lot of pleasure watching their antics. Thank goodness for GWD’s keen pricing. Must go now Fat Ball top up time.

  13. we live in an area with industry and minimal green space and so, we have worked hard at bringing in the wild birds to our little garden area at the foot of the rear By keeping the feeders filled consistently…it is rare that more than a day or two goes by without food in them….and keeping the bird bath also the same…clean and filled…, we bring in the ‘regular crowd’…sparrows, starlings, wrens, a variety of tits, a few robins….and the usual pigeons and occasional visits by maggie, the local magpie. i dream of a more rural existence but the wildlife activity we do have, i cherish.

  14. I find the best way to attract birds is to have a bit of everything if you can.I have wax worms,fat balls,niger,mix seeds,sunflower seeds,suet cakes,and a bird bath to keep them going My birds are spoilt for choice,they must be very happy.There is no need for an alarm We hear them singing all around our house from sunrise to sunset, we live in a bungalow and its mostly surrounded by our garden. The goldfinch are fighting so we have had to put out a nother niger seed feeder,and we get lots of colourful birds here .

  15. Apart from sunflower heart, seed, fat balls and peanuts my top tip is to put out and hang a block of cheese – the long tailed tits love it. Make sure there is water nearby and place any food sraps or feed which the bigger birds go for in a separate place away from the main feeding centre and do not forget to put a little seed and sunflower hearts on the ground under feeder for the ground feeding birds like thrushes, blackbirds, chaffinches, dunnocks and I have even recently adopted a magnificent cock pheasant. Make sure your feeding station is positioned near a bush or shrub so that the birds can hastily hide if they feel threatened.

  16. soak a bowl of sultanas overnight. the blackbirds really love them.they are now feeding their babies with them. also grated cheese.

  17. Keep water containers clean and put fresh water in daily alongside different foods. Our garden birds love a variety of food but they also take lots of sips of water and they stay around as they are fully catered for! 🙂

  18. Mix up mealworm, crushed peanuts, sunflower hearts in peanut butter, then scoop it into a hollowed out coconut shell. All the birds love it, specially starlings.

  19. I have my feeders next to a holly bush. Whereas finches can crunch seeds in their beaks while watching the sky for raptors, tits have to hold the seed in their foot and pack at it, so not being able to watch the sky they grab a seed and fly into the holly bush to eat it while feeling safe.
    A lot of hanging tubular seed feeders have two problems:
    The top port is too high, so is soon “empty” as the seed level falls, either reducing the number of feeding places, or needing topping-up very often. Get a feeder where the top port is at no more than 3/4 of the height.
    The ports are too close! Some species (Goldfinches in particular) are aggressive to each other and will chase off others, so reducing the number of birds that can feed at once. By getting large-diameter feeders with well spaced ports, some birds can use the ports on the opposite side from the bully without being seen. And having good spacing means that there’s less chance of “pecking in place” from one port to another. it doesn’t stop aerial “dog fights” but it helps a bit!

  20. Finely grated edam cheese mixed in with the bird seed mix and sunflower hearts to attract the robins, mistle thrush, blackbird and all the tit family. It is a good source of protein at a time when they most need it and they can give it to their young.

  21. I provide a wide range of feed from mixed seed to robin feed, suet pellets meal worms, grated cheese, sliced apple and offer them in a small feeding table suitable for the smaller birds which prevents the larger birds from eating everything before the smaller birds get a chance, also place your bird tables near bushes/hedges for a quick getaway for the birds.

  22. A variety of food is key and fresh water! I also mix kibbled maize in with the sunflower hearts, they go nuts for this! Keeping feeders clean is also essential, the birds rightly have standards!

  23. My house rabbit decided to rip up an old cushion so we’ve dotted the filling along the hedge. The birds didn’t know what to make of it at first but now they are taking it as a fluffy, comfortable bed for their nests. I’m sure the neighbours think we’ve lost the plot as it looks like we have decorated our hedge with cotton wool balls !

  24. Get a large plastic drink bottle, Keep the cap on but cut off the bottom and then cut two 2cm V shapes in the cut edge. Stuff in some dog hair from a grooming parlour and then wrap a rectangle of wire netting that has fairly small holes around the bottom and up the sides opposite to the V shapes. Make sure the netting is a bit wider than the bottle. Hang it near your feeders in early Spring and lots of birds will have cosy warm nests.

  25. Give all the feeders a deep spring clean and refill them with a variety of quality wild bird feeds from Garden Wildlife Direct.

  26. I feed the birds at the same time each day. The blackbird is usually waiting. I keep the bird feeder stocked and throw suet pellets on the ground – the blackbirds love those!

  27. Give them a good mix of seductive, sunflower hearts,suet pellets and dried mealworm. That way you cater for all types.i also put out monkey nuts for the squirrels so they stay away from the feeders.

  28. Put out food at the same time each morning and again late afternoon if a cold night is forcast ! I make cakes from bird seed and peanuts and raisins with suet and a little flour and water to bind . Several feeders distributed around the garden brings in many customers !

  29. Make sure that your feeding table has sufficient bushes etc., in a close vicinity, to give the birds a safe approach/return point, from which they are able to observe their own safety.

  30. Blackbirds and robins love cheddar cheese, the more orange the colour the more eager they are. Why not market a cheesey suet ball feed or cheese in the mixed seed packages for them.

    We all want to feed the smaller birds who sometimes have to fend off aggressive competition from pigeons and gulls. Hanging a bird feeder with a large metal overhang the size of a dinner plate close to the top ensures that the little ones can access the nuts and seeds easily whereas the larger birds find it hard to latch on to the feeder.

  31. I always like to provide a variety of foods from suet pellets to meal worms as we get a lot of pheasants come to feed I also put little piles of food on the stone walls for the smaller birds to find!

  32. Use a hollowed log feeder with 1 inch holes to Seed & Insect mini Suet rolls.
    No perches because the Great/Lesser Spotted woodpeckers and Nuthatches it attracts easily grip the bark.

  33. Put a bell on your cat’s collar, apply grease to the pole of your bird feeder to prevent squirrels eating the food and do everything possible to discourage magpies!

  34. Position feeders carefully so the birds will feel safe, near a tree or bush where they can take cover but away from anything where a cat can hide. And I find that several smaller feeders is better than one big one.

  35. Live mealworms are extremely popular! They provide essential moisture for chicks in the nest who are unable to get to water sources, and of course protein for healthy growth.

  36. I find it the best to feed them with sunflower seeds in the feeders hung from natural branches in the trees which provides good cover from predatory species. I also put a seed mixture on the ground. I get a very good variety of species doing this.

  37. Keep your feeders topped up & once you’ve started to feed, keep it up. I find they like suet pellets & mealworms a lot. Provide clean water & shelter.

  38. You must feed your birds everyday,make sure feeders are always full, never put anything new by where they feed, like wind chimes or ornaments. This puts them off feeding. I have as many as 30 goldfinches feeding at a time, many green finches. We love watching them feed.

  39. We put out sunflower hearts and peanuts everyday and have a wide selection of birds visit us. We now buy 20kg bags as they are greedy little devils, but so lovely to watch and hear.

  40. Spread feeders out so they are in different places in your garden. Some birds won’t tolerate each other and others will prefer a more secluded area. Give them a choice of venue as well as menu!

  41. Always fill up all feeders/tables at dusk, this ensures minimum interference with the birds the next morning.

  42. Make sure to put out a wide variety of foods, fresh water everyday and any suitable nesting material you have

  43. My best tip for attracting the birds into my garden is having lots of colour with the beautiful flowers that are beginning to bloom, along with the two trees, which always have feeders hanging from them, I believe my garden is a haven for wild birds. I also make sure there is clean water and well stocked feeding stations in different locations in the garden.

  44. My No.1 tip for attracting garden bids in 2016 is to move house next to an RSPB bird sanctuary, and fill your garden with tempting treats.

  45. Put out a variety of feed, not just one type, and you will be surprised how many different birds come to visit.

  46. Simply fill your bird feeder with sunflower hearts from Garden Wildlife Direct and bingo – your garden will soon be full of the most wonderful birds. Our daily visitors are: gold finches, siskins, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds, wrens, green finches and my very favourite Mr & Mrs Bullfinch!

  47. A cosy/safe corner with fresh water and good food – if they feel safe ie away from swooping birds and cats they will come – they seem to signal to each other that food has been put out and even come to the backdoor to remind me that they are waiting if I’m a bit late!!

  48. Make your own food mix and try a number of different feeders to find the most popular. I have a wildlife garden and find the most popular food is a mix of sunflower hearts, suet pellets and peanuts (which I break down by blending for a few seconds in a food mixer). Whilst this homemade ‘granola’ might initially appear expensive it goes a very long way, the birds can’t get enough of it (even goldfinches) and there is no waste at all or unwanted grasses appearing below the feeder.

  49. I put out lots of different feeders and this attracts lots of different birds and wildlife to my garden. Now have 2 hedgehogs this year

  50. We put out a good variety of foods and also a good selection of nesting material old hanging basket liners my dogs fur lint from the tumble dryer filter straw and dried up bindweed.We have a very wildlife friendly garden and are greatly rewards for our efforts we have hedgehogs,newts,toads,frogs,mice,squirrels,and loads of different birds

  51. We’ve had great success in attracting Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Black Caps, Dunnocks, Robins, Chaffinch and Bullfinch by putting out sunflowers seeds in hanging feeders. Some of them also like peanuts (especially in winter). A Jay also pops in for a few peanuts in winter. Put out a few dishes of rainwater as this is as important as feeding the birds. We have a stone bird bath which doubles up as drinking water and a bath. Strategically placed in front of our conservatory, we have tremendous joy from just sitting and watching them take a dip!

  52. Provide plenty of cover for the birds when Spring foliage is till sparse; place feeders amongst evergreens so that there’s shelter nearby, with feeders placed around the garden to allow smaller birds like tits and finches to feed peacefully whilst larger birds such as jackdaws can also have their fill.

  53. Use a variety of seeds, fat balls, suet blocks, black sunflower seeds and you will attract Tits, Finches, Green Finches and Sparrows which aren’t too fussy. The use of Niger seeds will attract Gold Finches.

  54. Collect the fluff and pet hair from you tumble dryer and other places. Put it in an empty suet block cage, hang by your bird feeders then sit back and watch a host of birds taking it for nesting material.

  55. My number one spring tip for attracting birds to my garden gives pride of place to the Goldfinches,argueably the most strikingly attractive bird in the garden,with its lovely bright red and black head,yellow on the body and stunning black stripes in the wings. Once you have attracted these lovely creatures they will stay with you all the year round as i discoved last year.
    The tip is to purchase several Niger tubes and fill them with Niger seeds.Ideally place the tubes on short strong branches on a tree close to your window.{about 10- 15 yards away} A small conifer is ideal as this will not shed its leaves in the Autumn giving cover and protection all the year round.
    Once the goldfinches discover your tubes they will return regularly,good news travels fast.Last year i had a group of about a dozen birds visiting daily,and later in the year they brought surprisingly large fledgelings along as well,i had about four,easily distinguishable as they lack the colouration around the head,and they stayed for severak months. If you keep the tubes topped up and i recommend a good clean out periodically,especially if we have had a long wet spell,the finches will stay with you all year round.
    They squat on the perches of the tubes and meticulously peck one seed at a time from the minute holes drilled in the tubes..Often they will feed in this manner for long periods,up to half an hour is not unknown,quite a contrast with the busy Tits that occasionlly flit in ,grab a seed ,and fly off again!
    Recently my Goldfinches have been joined by a pair of what i believe to be Siskins.Their pecking procedure is identical and they stay for good long periods as well.They have lovely pale green bodies and the male has a black cap on his head.Also his green colouring is more intence than the female.So far it is just the one pair but it is early days and it is always a thrill to attract a regular new visitor!
    The goldfinches are also quite partial to the cornflower seed colenals that i put on my birdtable and scatter on the ground around it.Nothing like a change once in a while!

  56. Buy good quality seed which always includes sunflower seeds and which is not padded out with wheat, provide clean water constantly and feed them all year round.

  57. I have 2 feeders filled with sunflower hearts. The finches eat away but are very messy so everything they drop on the ground gets hovered up by the blackbirds and pigeons. I also have a fat ball feeder surrounded by a squirrel cage. The sparrows like to sit inside the cage and nibble away on the fat balls. The cage keeps the magpies away from the small birds too. So, my tip is different styles of feeder, different foods and lots of fresh water in different sized bowls. I find that certain sizes of bowls are used for bathing and others are used for drinking.

  58. put out small amounts of a variety of bird food and top up regularly with fresh , make sure the feeders are kept clean

  59. I forgot to say – when needing to spray any plant I make up ‘garlic water’ I crush a clove of garlic straight into my spray bottle add one drop of washing up liquid and spray – white/black/green flies hate it and it does not harm to birds. I also provide ‘cover’ of broadleaf ivy as we have predator birds locally (which says the local bird populating is thriving).

  60. Our garden is a safe haven for garden birds. We have provided a different assortment of nesting boxes hidden all over our garden . Our Garden is pesticide free , fresh water stations in several places and a water fountain for bathing . Providing an assortment of feeds , seeds and insects has given us the joy of seeing birds come daily that we have never seen before . Two days ago we watched as the 4 young robins flew their nest that we had watched the Robin build in the conifer , and take the 4 babies food daily and then removing the poop sacks . Seeing them leave the nest knowing that until they are strong enough to live alone they will have a safe place under all our shrubs and lots of food available to them . I have attached a photo of one of the babies the day it flew the nest ….

  61. I am lucky enough to live in a lovely woodland area so get a wide variety of bird species but I’ve encouraged more & more different species over the years by putting out different coloured feeders & different types of food. I have a yellow niger seed feeder which has recently attracted bullfinches, goldfinches & goldcrests. I also put out lots of mealworms which all the birds love & which are full of nutrients particularly good for them during the breeding season. Robins in particular love them. I also put out feeders with peanuts for the nuthatches & woodpeckers, fat balls which the great tits, blue tits & long tail tits love & sunflower hearts & peanut granules which all the species adore. I spend a great deal of money feeding my wildlife but it’s better than watching Springwatch when I stand at my kitchen window. I even have around 10 pheasants who visit me daily & they bring their very cute babies each year as do my family of badgers (currently 7 of them) who feed throughout the year

  62. I use any Lemon smelling product I can – put a little around the fences to stop cats coming in to kill the birds. Similarly if you wet the back and string of coconut halves and put chilli flakes on the damp part squirrels will avoid them like the plague.

  63. my birds have a banquet of sunflower seeds mixed seed mealworms suet and a safe haven all around for them to enjoy ready for the offspring ..

  64. Have several feeders for different species. Niger for Goldfinches, Fat balls for sparrows and sunflower hearts for all birds and leave a few seeds on the grass for ground feeders

  65. Fruit Salad Peck and Mix – raisins, sultanas, apple/pear halves
    The Bug Bowl – all grubs and caterpillars found in the garden get placed in the dish of doom on the bird table!
    Fresh Water both drinking and bathing
    Plentiful food – both mixes of seeds (millet, dari,, sunflower hearts, oat flakes) and individual foods (peanut granules, nyjer seeds, sunflowers)
    Mix of feeders to attract all types of birds.
    Mealworms – dried and fresh.

    Nest Building Materials (B&Q for birds!)
    Clips of our German Shepherd’s fur and bundles of dried out grasses
    Areas of soil that we keep damp to provide plentiful amounts of mud

    A 40kg German Shepherd to chase of the neighbour’s cats!

  66. One of the reasons we have attracted birds to our garden is lush trees,safe from magpies even holly works.. Deter cats. the plant called (scady plants (Coleus canenasWe can,t smell it’s aroma but cats hate it. I have tubs in various locations ( by paths. Under bird feeders), by the bird bath. It we have the pleasure of a camera bird box and we watched, and invited neighbours to come and visit. 11 blue tits fledged from a batch of 16. We even said “good night” to them. What a moment when they flew away.They must feel safe as they come back each year. Dark brown box under the roof of a summer plants is home to jenny wrens,every year.We are so lucky..

  67. The ultimate in up-cycling: our border collie sheds great clumps of her winter coat in the spring so we give her a good brushing and leave all the fur on our lawn. The birds go nuts for this super-soft and warm nesting material and you will attract your neighbours’ birds too. Great fun to watch the birds tugging and pulling at the fur ball. Watch carefully as the birds leave with strands of fur; you might see where they are nesting. In the autumn, when it’s time to cut the hedges, feel proud that you did your bit for nature when you discover old nests lined in your dog’s winter coat!

  68. Provide a constant variety of seeds, mealworms, peanuts and fat balls also plenty of clean water. Make sure bird boxes are clean and ready for new nests early in the year. We have also put a camera in one of our bird boxes – 8 eggs from our resident pair of Great Tits whom we call George & Gertie – back again after success last year! I cannot stop watching it – best TV ever!

  69. If you want to attract the most wild birds to your garden my number one tip is fill a seed feeder with sunflower hearts, all the small birds love these and larger birds hoover up any spillage from the ground. I have several feeders with fat balls, nyjer seeds and peanuts but the sunflower hearts are always first choice.

  70. the best way to attract birds of all sorts is to have the right seed mix and place the feeders must be more than one near a bush so they can hind in it

  71. Have a large bush which has spikes on it near your feeders. Birds (particularly sparrows) then congregate inside before feeding when it’s safe and have an easy hiding place to go when unsafe.

  72. My best tips are
    1) put fat ball feeders at varying heights, including ground level so a wider variety of birds can access them
    2) feed mealworms daily – live if possible – they are a great protein and fat bundle to support feeding parent birds in spring and summer, and chilly feathered friends in autumn and winter

  73. I use regular peanut holders as well as a small seed feeder for the blue tits, filling them with whole peanuts. The feeder they like best is the small seed feeder which I have to keep refilling quicker than the normal peanut holders. At this nesting time of year, if the whole peanuts was given to their young, the baby birds could choke to death. To stop this happening I crush peanuts with a hammer and put the broken pieces into the seed feeder. The parent birds eat the crushed peanuts for food for themselves which gives them more energy to look for grubs etc. for their young. Should the parent bird give a piece of peanut to their young it would not choke them.

  74. Never use chemicals in your garden including weed killers which are harmful to wildlife – weeds are natures food for numerous insects which in turn feed the birds. Provide natural areas with indigenous plant species. Provide a good supply of a variety of foods and clean water for bathing and drinking. Natural gardens are friendlier for birds, don’t remove all the dead twigs and plant foliage as birds use this for nesting.

  75. Saving my dogs fur ,putting it into nets for their nests ,it’s great fun watching even the dog watches

  76. Provide numerous feeding stations around the garden, also plenty of water supplies .Also nesting sites in quiet areas are most welcome by different types of birds.A good supply of different foods are popular and essential.

  77. My best tip for attracting birds to the garden is to have a trellis, perches to land near to table and feeders plus plenty of shrubs or in my case bamboo at close proximity so they can quickly retreat in the bushes when they are threatened by preditors such as sparrow Hawks etc.

  78. Supply a good variety of quality foods and lots of different feeders and stations. Have hanging and ground based water stations.
    We also throw out handfuls of cat crunchies on a daily basis to feed the crows and magpies to stop them hogging the feeders. and to give the smaller birds a better chance.

  79. Always make sure the feeding areas re near bushes or trees so the smaller birds have cover. They like to go into the bush or tree before going on to the feeders so they can see any predators lurking around.

  80. ‘Protect’ your bird table from the larger (Crows) birds by placing large square mesh around it so that the smaller birds can still happily feed away and the Crows etc. gradually understand they’ll never get to the food and eventually move on. It’s been a long struggle and many failed attempts to get this right but I’ve finally cracked it and it gives great pleasure to see when the Crows give up and all the smaller birds keep coming along 🙂

  81. The best spring tip is the sunflower hearts. The birds love them and can’t get enough. I’ve just bought another seed feeder and put it out this morning. Straight away a chaffinch was there.

  82. I used to only put nuts out for Birds in the winter months but now feed all year.
    I have included a variety of feeds such as Mixed seeds and Sun Flower Seeds, They love Fat balls made from dried Meal worm.
    I have also a couple of bird feeders with Niger seed and now get Finches in my garden.
    Don’t forget to provide a Bird Bath and drinking water.

  83. We have found that LOTS of good, meshless fat balls hung in lots of different, anti-squirrel (naturally!) places in the garden really brings the birds of ALL sorts and sizes to our garden.

  84. I don’t know what tits like about about black sunflower seeds but they certainly do wonders for me

  85. Give a variety of food and feeders – I have fat balls, 4 different feeders containing sunflower seeds, mixed food and meal worms – also a bird table, bird ‘dish’ and I leave food on the lawn. This year I have seen gold finches (for the first time) as well as the usual visitors – green finches, great tits, blackbirds, coal tits, siskin, long-tailed tits, of course, robins and sparrows but to my amazement, black caps – thrilling! Also, don’t forget to supply water.

  86. Sunflower hearts and suet, high energy for busy Mum’s & Dad’s and growing fledglings. And make sure you get your next orderin before you run out!

  87. After a winter gathering and storing pine cones with the grandchildren I hang them out for the birds.

  88. A good tip…see what your neighbours are feeding the birds and offer something different! Its not a competition but birds like a variety in their diet as we do..
    I have neighbours both sides feeding birds with large feeding stations…I am offering food for the squirrels as most block them, I buy bag of frozen berries and add a handful in with the seeds ,keep the water station topped up and clean…x

  89. Wild seed is virtually exhausted in spring and birds are dependant on insects to feed their young. A cold snap can therefore be devastating and it is important to continue feeding. Sunflower hearts are undoubtedly best value for money (anything else in a mixed seed is tossed onto the ground and may sprout). A squirrel baffle has saved me £100s every year. Remember to clean your feeding station regularly.

  90. Plant lots of bird friendly shrubs and bushes where birds can gather such as Rose of Sharon. Dangle nut feeders from trees and bushes. Always keep feeders clean. Don’t forget to leave some seed for ground feeding birds. And enjoy their song and chatter.

  91. i like to keep an assortment of food to attract as many different birds as i can. i get a kick out of knowing that they always have food available, especially when they are feeding their young. i feed the blackbirds on the ground with mealworms and suet pellets, the starlings and blue tits love the flutter butter as do the coal tits. I make sure there are plenty of fat balls for all the birds and a couple of seed feeders on various branches especially if i am away at the weekend. My two Jays love the peanuts i leave for them as do the blue tits. i just love to have nature in my garden.

  92. Find a nice dense bush or shrub and spead your seeds etc under it for a safe and private place for the ground feeding birds in your garden.

  93. Feed twice a day as birds are struggling to find food this time of year , I have noticed a lot of birds feeding around 17.00 to 1830 hrs so dont restrict feeding to mornings only.

  94. Collect sheep wool or similar when you are out in the countryside (I’m lucky enough to have a source of alpaca wool) and hang it up in a mesh feeder for birds to collect to line their nests – it’s amazing which birds are attracted!

  95. Ensure that feeders are kept topped up so that the birds always know that they can rely on this location.

  96. Ensure you have sufficient planting. Birds will not always feed in exposed areas. So by planting a hedge or shrub and having your feed station close they will feel safe because they can dart into safety from predictors. Plus if planting the right type and location they have a natural nesting site and food source with insects etc

  97. mix layers of sunflower hearts and mealworms, in a feeder. This has been a big hit with Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, & Woodpeckers. still mixing with lots of other goodies, but we had never seen Greenfinches here before, & Woodpecker was a winter cold weather only visitor still coming daily.

  98. Keep your bird bath clean and topped up with fresh water. Birds love to drink and bathe in it but they also mess in it and sun light turns the water green.

  99. My number one tip:
    Leave the birds lots of food in a place where cats and dogs etc. Won’t go.
    Also give them a few bird boxes, maybe help them a bit by putting some natural substances in.

  100. Use the fluff from the tumble drier filter, put it in a mesh feeder or plastic cup and secure in garden, the fluff makes ideal nesting material

  101. Feed birds all year and provide a wide variety of food including mashed fruit strawberries cherries lots of trees with a range of food and feeders so all birds large and small get their fair share. A range of nesting boxes that provide shelter and safety for young birds and eggs. Plenty of clipping and nesting materials for everyone to use . I also hVe hedgehog shelters a pond with frogs etc and a bird bath and drink trays witch are filled twice. Day to stay clean fresh and cool .

  102. Have a variety of foods and seeds to attract different species in an open area where they don’t feel trapped and a supply of water and don’t forget the ground feeders. A squirrel proof feeder is an advantage or mix the seed with curry powder to deter the little critters this will not harm the birds.

  103. I find that putting out fresh “tit bits” around the same time each and every day seems to attract birds to our garden, new and old 🙂 They seem to enjoy the routine and are normally waiting for me to see what delicious treats the day holds 🙂 We have a little robin that you could set your watch by and I am sure he has informed his feathered friends about the feast too! 🙂

  104. Each to their own,personally I like to put out a variety of good quality food to give myself the best chance of attracting the most species into my garden. I keep the feeders and bird baths topped up and get a friend/neighbour to do it when I’m away.

  105. I have a daily supply of peanuts and seeds in 2 squirrel proof feeders, this is mainly used by the blue tits robins and sparrows, I put bread and crushed crackers out every day and the collared doves and pigeons enjoy this, and I put fat balls, seeds and different varieties of nut out for the larger birds like starlings, crows and especially the magpies. I also have two large apple trees down the garden and when the fruit drops the birds love to help themselves to the fallen fruit.

  106. Sunflower hearts make goldfinches cheer
    We have dozens of them gathering here!

    They feel secure hopping to and from the feeder and the hedge in which they hide and emerge at will, or perch on the overhead wires waiting their turn to feed.
    As well as goldfinches, we have greenfinches, sparrows, robins, long-tailed tits, great tits and blue tits and sometimes a chaffinch or bullfinch. Our visitors all enjoy watching them.

  107. I like to feed the bigger birds – magpies, woodpigeons, crows, jays, rock doves – they are easier to see and stay feeding for longer.

  108. Forget the Niger seed, mixed seed etc. All you need are Sunflower hearts to attract Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Robins, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, BlacCaps, aRooks, Jackdaws & Great Tits, not to mention Pigeons & Starlings too. Then a fat ball or 2 to attract long tailed tits also.

  109. keep a clean tidy area and a well stocked bird table with a selection of high quality of bird food

  110. After I brush out my dog’s coat, I put the fur in a holder and hang it the garden. Birds love collecting it to line their nests.

  111. I groom my dog in the garden and leave the hair on the lawn in Spring , we then watch the blackbirds come and take it for nesting

  112. My top tip is to brush your pets hair (e.g dog,cat) and place it in a bird feeder or on the ground for the birds to use for nesting material

  113. Safe areas for the birds to feed, bird table and ground feeder in the centre of the lawn so they have chance to escape from predators with feeders high up in the tree too.

  114. Firstly, once you have thoroughly Spring cleaned your feeders and filled them with a variety of foods, remember to add a little calcium into the feeds if your choice of food doesn’t have any. Nesting birds benefit from it in their diet and a small amount of crushed egg shells can work wonders.

  115. A decent feeding station is the basic of course, and food must always be violable. I build an area the other side of the path passing my study window, once the birds learned it was safe they come up close. This morning a Dunnock walked around me and went over my feet. But it was a visiting pheasant that inspired my best move. I bought a bag of peanuts and scattered them across the lawn. Now I’m buying big bags at Garden Wildlife Direct’s stunning low price, and scatter a few handfuls every morning half an hour after dawn. All the local corvids come within five minutes, with Jay and Magpie returning throughout the day. There is now a resident trio of Pheasants. Squirrels now ignore the bird feeding station and happily forage on the lawn. All this activity attracts other birds, not just Blackbirds, Chaffinches and Starlings to the lawn, but the whole garden area now seems to be a Mecca for every kind of bird.

  116. I read my bird stuffed veg and fruit with fat and meal worms and sweet corn for extra, I also smash all the Penuts up so the adults can still eat Penuts without chocking the chicks I also stuff the hole in my bird table with fat and the red woodpecker pecks it out

  117. Put your feeders close to, or in trees or bushes so the smaller birds can take cover from predators. Clean feeders regularly, along with a clean supply of water. To attract Woodpeckers, Tree Creepers and Nut Hatches rub suet blocks into the bark of large roughly barked trees, it may take some time but it works.

  118. I buy the split peanuts and when the chicks are born I crush them to save the busy parents, this brings literally hundreds of birds to my garden

  119. We positioned our bird table right next to a Twisted Hazel Tree, the birds use the tree as protection and spend all day nipping in and out onto the bird table.
    It protects them against predators especially the sparrow hawk that looks for his breakfast as it cannot get inbetween the twisted branches.
    This simple step has encouraged a large variety of smaller birds to visit regularly as they fly into the tree first then jump across and back until they are full.

  120. As well as a variety of yummy foods and water, all our precious garden birds need cosy, warm nests and my two beautiful dogs provide lots of soft hair after their daily grooming which the birds collect from my bird table.

  121. Very simple for those of us with dogs. After grooming, leave handfuls of their fur around the garden, it is amazing how quickly it goes for nest linings, always near to the feeders (which are always been filled) on the ground. Have when cleaning out the end of year nest boxes found the fur inside on a number of occasions so I know it works.

  122. Move you feeders to find the best position. Small movements of a metre or so can make a big difference to the number of birds you attract

  123. The best way to attract garden birds is to put our various seeds for small and large birds together with nuts. Also a small helping of raisins encourages the blackbirds. Most importantly plenty of feeding areas and water for bathing, which they love. Ideally if you are up early i.e. 5 – 5.30am that is a good time to put food out otherwise you can attract vermin (rats) which is not ideal.

  124. Give the birds a food and water supply ideally near some cover. It’s as simple as that. No need for an array of different foods; Sunflower hearts and peanuts are all you need. Sunflower hearts are eaten by all birds and nothing is left. Peanuts are good for woodpeckers, tits and squirrels and they will all eat the sunflower hearts too. Cheaper mixes are a false economy as you get waste and a mess even with the ‘no mess’ mixes.

  125. I feed the birds all year round come rain, snow or shine so don’t have to attract them into my garden in Spring because they already know where i live. They have been visiting my garden for 27 years, but sadly are vastly declining. Thats why i feed them every day, and especially love this time of year when soon i can watch their offspring filling up on the tasty food i put out for them. I get blue tits, coal tits, great tits, long tailed tits, robins, male & female bullfinch who visit together every morning, siskin, chiffchaff, sparrows, starlings, goldfinch, woodpecker, wren, blackcap, and in December 2014 i had a female yellow wagtail visit every day until the end of March for her daily supply of mealworms, how special is that.

  126. Put out sunflower seed, peanuts, mixed seed you would be surpised at all the differant types of birds they attract
    In the sping we also put hair from our golen Retivers in a peanut holder for the birds to line there nest with.

  127. Ensuring there are enough bushes or branches near the feeders so that they can easily escape the predators before the foliage has had time to form. Bring on the greenery.

  128. The birds are all hungry so alongside putting out sunflower seeds and suet pellets I offer hay and straw for them to help themselves to for additional nesting materials. A one stop shop!

  129. Apart from the bird seed hangers also offer have some seeds on the ground. Also have a lot of flowering plants in the garden all of which attract a number of different birds. The birds have trees near the seed holders for protection. When the birds are in the garden they can also feed on the pests when they arrive.

  130. Apart from using feeders and many different types of food I use old frying pans – with or without their handles- as they make lovely bird baths or drinking containers and can be moved around the garden wherever needed and placed high up out of the way of cats or on the ground within easy reach of cover from predators

  131. Don’t disturb the birds when they are in your garden eating! That way they will come back and eat there every day 🙂

  132. let your pet cat help the birds by putting out their groomed out fur for bird nesting material. Lovely and cozy for the birds and your cat is doing something nice for the birds.

  133. i have 3 feeding stations in the garden and aswell as food and water i have a feeder on each station full of dog hair that i collect from the local dog groomer for the birds to make their nests with, the blue tits go mad for it. i have a pair of robins and wrens nesting in my ivy this year, sadly no takers in my bird boxes yet though, my 2 hedgehog houses have been occupied all winter though so hopefully we will see babies this year

  134. apart from feeders I use old frying pans – with or without their handles as bird baths – they can be positioned anywhere in the garden and are shallow enough for drinking or bathing.

  135. Have a pond! It’s a great pleasure to see the birds feeding on high quality food and then having a wash and brush up after!

  136. I use plenty of sunflower chips, fatballs and peanuts . My feeders are placed close to low bushes and high hedges providing plenty of cover , attracting varying finches and tits,even a Nuthatch.

  137. I put out porridge oats mixed with sunflower oil, all birds love it, from small birds like blue tits,robins, blackbirds, starlings,thrush,to bigger birds like jackdaws,pigeons, when feeding young this is easy food to scoop up in their beak.

  138. Encourage as many birds as possible by providing a variety of hulled nuts and seeds including nibbed peanuts.
    This not only saves the birds the energy of taking the husks and out of cases but keeps mess to a minimum.
    Do not give whole peanuts at this time of year, and protect young birds.
    I hang all my feeders in my holly tree, so the birds are safe from our local sparrowhawk!

  139. Let some of your garden get a bit wild birds love it somewhere to hide especially when they are eating their favourite food from gardenwildlifedirect.co.uk.

  140. We have lots of well established shrubs offering great cover which works really well as we are next to an A road in the countryside and get loads of visiting birds on our feeders from dawn to dusk. We have over 20 varieties who are regular visitors.

  141. I buy the best bird food I can afford including mealworm and suet cakes and always wash out the feeders from the winter and replace the food in the dry feeders. I make sure my feeders are secure and hung in a position away from fences or open to sparrowhawks.

  142. Never let your feeders run out and try and be there to see the birds when they feed but not too close. They will then come to trust you and like use the pheasants will follow us around the garden for a handful of feed

  143. With a breakfast menu as long as your arm to choose from and it goes on through the day, there is not one bird large or small, duck down to little wren that is missed out. Heathrow eat your heart out – there are more flights in an out of my garden….of a wide variety. Oh thanks for the speedy delivery Garden wildlife, the next menu is definitely still all available!

  144. Be consistent! If birds know that food is always there, then they will always be there too. And put the food near to a shelter like a hedge so they have somewhere to hide if they sense danger.

  145. I always fill up my window bird feeders all year round but come spring I start using my bird table a lot more. I have recently bought 2 hanging basket bracket things that have a saucer area. One I have seed in the other water.

  146. Peanut butter and jam sandwich blitzed in the blender and put on the lawn. The blackbirds and starlings and robins love it and leaves the feeders free for the wee birds

  147. Variety and regular feeding higher up and at ground level will attract many varieties of local birds.quality seed nuts and suet as garden wildlife direct supply supply helps

  148. Place your feeders near bushes or shrubs so the birds have somewhere to feel safe before and returning venturing on the the feeders here a pic of a Blue Tit about to take off I took it at my feeding station

  149. Where possible don’t use insecticide to kill pests in the garden – leave them for the birds to eat

  150. put out a wide variety of foods from garden wildlife direct. I put out peanuts, suet pellets, meal worms, sunflower hearts, robin mix (they all love that) and sultanas. Once even one bird finds the food, others watch and will follow.

  151. I have a long tree branch across a part of the back of the house by the patio doors and hang all the fat balls, seed hangers all I a line on hooks and I have black caps, blue tits, sparrows, pigeons, black birds. Lovely to watch from the window.

  152. The mornings are getting lighter earlier, so be sure to entice the birds in for their breakfast by putting out food the night before. You never know what other wildlife you might entice into the garden during the night…….fox, badger or hedgehog!

  153. When I’ve brushed my dog I put the hair in a fat ball holder and hang it in a sheltered spot in my garden. The birds come and take it to line their nests with. Sheep wool is also very popular with birds

  154. On my bird feeding station I put fat balls in one feeder and seeds in the other, also I have a jar and fill it right to the top with suet feed! The jar fits in it’s own hanging feeder
    which the birds really do love!! I top all of the food every day!! Provide water in their own bird bath, which is essential for the birds to keep their feathers clean, also when they
    want a drink!!
    The other thing I do for the birds is I break up fat balls and sprinkle it on the grass near my feeding station, along with some seeds for the birds who feed on the ground, such
    as blackbirds, robins etc. Also for the birds who sometimes don’t get a look in on the bird station. The starlings do dominate the station on occasions, so this an opportunity for
    the other birds to get some food as well!!

  155. Put small branches over the feeder, and place near a tree or shrubs, this gives the birds feeding some security/protection from predators.

  156. Leave moss and twigs around the garden for nesting and keep plentyfull supplies of bird food in the feeders with fresh water baths to drink and clean their dusty feathers.

  157. Over a period of time we have fed our feathered visitors different brands of food and different mixes to find out what they prefer, then we make sure they receive it – we strive to be the best bird restaurant in the area with a varied and enticing menu.!

  158. It’s sunflower seeds & lots of fresh water everyday – simple & obvious as that!!
    The variety of birds this spring is bigger than last year because of the sunflower seeds & th visiting pheasants are almost resident!

  159. Leave out a variety of foods and make sure you don’t miss a day even if it’s pouring down! If we don’t or if we are late , the local pigeons and magpies queue up on the garden fence waiting which makes us feel guilty

  160. Keep the birds interested, rooms, bedding and a good menu, not forgetting something to drink, and they do like an en-suite to freshen up.

  161. Treat them like teenagers:

    (1) Give them what they want to eat and drink (and lots of it);
    (2) Clear up after them;
    (3) Keep out of the way; and
    (4) Yes, expect them to treat this place like a hotel!

  162. To attract more wild birds try to specialise in the feeding of them. Using just mixed birdseed will attract too many sparrows, this tends to scare other birds off and they leave a lot of waste. Sunflower hearts and seeds, niger seeds, and peanuts will bring in the finches. Sparrows tend to avoid this food.

  163. I feed the birds all the year round with good quality bird food and kitchen scraps but in spring I increase the high protein food as they have to work harder and longer to provide food for their mate,chicks and themselves

  164. As well as a good selection of different foods, I find that placing the food at differing heights in trees etc. is a big help in attracting birds and also having the feeders a good distance from the house seems to be appreciated by our feathered friends. To prove this last point, if your feeders are, say, in a tree close to your house, put two feeders with the same food in, one fairly close to the house and the other at the far side of the tree, and you’ll soon find that the furthest one needs filling up a lot more frequently. I have bird tables and tree feeders as well as putting food on the ground (but beware of predators) and seem to attract a good variety of birds, even with 5 cats.

  165. Quite simply do not use pesticides, let the birds (& frogs etc) do the job instead as nature intended.

  166. You MUST fill bird feeders daily. Use squirrel proof bird feeders so the small birds have plenty and don’t forget the ground feeders as well, a good daily sprinkling works wonders and soon your garden will sound like a bird sanctuary. Wonderful.

  167. My tip is to have a variety of seeds. We have a bird table for mixed seed, dried mealworms and suet pellets, and feeders for sunflower seeds and peanuts. Also a bird bath. We get several varieties of birds eating the different seeds including blue tits, wrens, robins, goldfinches, greenfinches, pigeon, collared doves, blackbirds, pied wagtails, grey tits and jackdaws.

  168. Buy from Garden Wildlife Direct as their bird food is first class quality, I buy peanuts and sunflower hearts (no waste) and the feeders have to be filled everyday. I position mine in the trees and fence posts and it is wonderful to see the woodpeckers, siskins, all variety of tits, greenfinch, gold finch, chaffinch etc feeding.

  169. Sunflower hearts in the feeders and on the ground – beats everything else for variety of birds visiting : blue tits, great tits, coal tits, brambling, chaffinches, gold finches, green finches, robin, dunnock , collared doves, wood pigeons, black birds, magpies, they all love them and prefer them to peanuts as they can just take one quickly and fly away to the safety of a tree or bush! In addition we provide fat balls for the lovely long tailed tits who seem to prefer them, and peanuts for the great spotted woodpeckers.

  170. I always make sure I keep my feeders dry and filled every other day. I try and keep to the same brand of food and make sure I have fresh water near by. I have also just acquired a hedgehog so now make sure he has food every night and he has his own house so hopefull he will use that later in the year

  171. My spring tip is: To avoid black spot on your roses generously sprinkle Polenta (that’s right -Polenta) around the base of the plant and gently dig in. The Polenta will form a fungus (mycorrhiza) that will “adopt” the plant and ward off other types of fungus. Apparently this technique has 80% success rate. Try it, you can’t lose!

  172. Buy lots of bird food from Garden Wildlife Direct and place lots of bird feeders round the garden, hanging on trees and fences. Make sure there is water available for them also

  173. Replenish feeders daily plus 4 fat balls daily, encourage birds with bacon find,kitchen scraps etc. In winter boil up potato and vegetable peelings,they love it.

  174. I have my feeders in front garden, but nest boxes in back garden so less disturbance.
    Also my nest boxes are on fence posts above my wildlife pond that has a running stream from top pool and the birds use the stream as a bathing area.
    Quite funny some days as there could be a few waiting in turn to bathe.

  175. We are lucky to not have cats nearby so the birds know it’s a safe haven. We have trees and bushes planted to provide them with safe places to rest and often turn over our soil to reveal those tasty little worms that they so enjoy. We also have a little bark lying around so the birds can peck at some little bugs.

  176. Sunflower Seeds from gardenwildlifedirect! The birds that visit my garden can’t get enough and I fill up my feeders every day! No waste, as all the bits that fall on the ground, soon get picked up by the bigger birds!

  177. Keep your feeders topped up with fresh seeds or suet. Make sure they have fresh water too and lastly don’t keep moving the feeders around. Birds don’t like change!

  178. Put food out twice a day – we put food out first thing in the morning and then late afternoon. The birds have learnt there will be fresh food out and we get lots of visitors

  179. Variety is the key! Feed as many different foods as you can & in as many different feeding situations as possible.

  180. I place a verity of bird foods around the Garden the whole year with a clean bird bath and such a verity of birds

  181. I’ve found the best way to attract birds to my garden in Spring is by offering lots of birdy goodies! They can’t resist the selection of sunflower hearts, suet pellets and suet logs/cake blocks.

  182. Apart from the obvious, keeping seed feeders, suet squares and fresh water topped up, I suggest soil areas are forked over to expose other varieties of food. For example, in todays lovely sunny weather, I was out in the garden preparing some seed beds, forking over the earth when I had 2 robins following me all the time, pecking up grubs, insects, and even small worms. When I had finished I watched the blackbirds pecking away in the friable soil and pulling out the bigger worms! Specially prepared seeds, etc., are fine as a staple diet but the birds still prefer access to the fresher and more natural food they can obtain from the garden areas.

  183. Feed in several different places so the birds don’t have to compete. Even moving a feeder a few metres away can attract new birds

  184. In my experience to attract lots of birds in your garden is to put separate feeders for the different birds, then they don’t have to squabble
    and the more feeders you put out , the more birds come. I tried putting just one feeder of sunflower hearts and one of black sunflower seeds.
    in 2 months I only filled them once. Its like they know there’s only enough for them so they don’t tell the rest.

  185. Plant hedges instead of fences! Hedges, especially those containing native species, can harbour insects, berries, seeds, and nesting spaces. If room is tight, erect trellis and plant climbers instead. Site your bird table nearby and wait for the increase in visitor numbers. Don’t forget to provide a source of water, too.

  186. I always keep an old feather pillow and in the Spring I drop a few handfuls of feathers around the garden every few days. I put them amongst my shrubs, in the grass and even hang them from my trees in a fat ball holder. The birds collect them for nesting material. I have even put out my Husbands hair after I’ve cut it for him and they take that too. It’s very rewarding to watch them collecting and to know I’m helping to keep them snug in their nests.

  187. My spring tip
    Have every fun feeder in your garden like me in all deferent colours to attract many beautiful birds which puts a smile on your face everyday and add a window feeder to make your day

  188. Put out a variety of foods I make my own bird cake mixes. I put out sunflower seed hearts and Nijer seed with peanuts as well which attract the red squirrels.

  189. We’ve put out a water bath for them alongside peanuts and mixed seed. The birds seem to enjoy the water for bathing and drinking. It’s cleaned regularly to reduce health risks and along with our new crabapple tree and bee friendly early flowering plants, there’s plenty to attract small wild birds to our garden. We even had a nuthatch today!

  190. Small birds are raising there young so put out plenty of dried meal worms. Better still, soak them in water first to re-hydrate them.

  191. My tip for attracting a variety to my garden is a morning breakfast on the bird table which consists of Porridge Oats, Mixed Fruit (used in cake making), Peanuts, a handful of blueberries and left over bits. This mixture is soaked in warm water first. We have over 20 Jackdaws (beautiful), Magpies, 2 Crows, a Rook, some Wood Pigeons, Starlings, Robins and an occasional Jay. We also have ten hanging stations which hold peanuts, sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, Niger seeds and Millet for the numerous variety of small birds that visit.

  192. Have a wild flower garden, this attracts insects which then attract birds, and wild flowers produce a beautiful
    . display in spring and summer. Leave dead leavess and twigs on your borders over winter for insects andtheir larvae to over winter. /finally, provide food at various different points in you garden not all in one place.

  193. Get some chipped white sunflower hearts in feeders and be in awe of the splendid sight of Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Bullfinches,Greenfinches, Blue Tits, Robins, Sparrows. I have never seen such a beautiful display. They queue up on the feeder stand and the branches. Never ever seen this before until I used the chipped sunflower hearts and have fed the birds for over 50 years!

  194. hang the feeders in bushes and near to any cover the birds can easily access as this gives them more confidence to feed. They like to gain cover in case of any cats or hawks been about.

  195. I’ve a couple of metal flower baskets with a coir lining, which I hang on a low fence…the linings have only lasted a year as Sparrows (in particular) pull the chaff to make their nests…the Squirrels don’t help burying peanuts in them too…I intend to line them with weed membrane instead, this year and the remaining pile of chaff can be put into one of those circular mesh nut feeders for the house-building Sparrows to help themselves. One good tip for feeding is to use empty mealworm pots ( like big plastic yoghurt pots) and fill with warmed suet, liberally mixed with crushed peanuts, seed, raisins etc. It is a bit messy but the birds love it and Starlings will jostle with each other to get their beaks inside…I just hang them on the trellis and watch the high jinks !!

  196. When you groom your dog put some of the fur in an old bird feeder the birds will use it to line the nest

  197. Not exactly attracting birds- rather deterring pigeons from gorging themselves on smaller birds’ food. I have put a small garden obelisk over the dish in the feeding station & then wired & woven string round the uprights.
    Most of the food is then available for the lovely tits, robins, blackbirds etc. ( However there is one pesky pigeon who performs the most amazing acrobats in order to get the food!! I figure I’ll forgive him for his ingenuity…!)

  198. I have 2 bluetit boxes and a bird bath and I also keep a supply of accessible nuts and suet balls for the benefit of my feathered friends –

  199. Collect sheeps’ wool from fences and hedges (or pet hair) and place them in a thin mesh feeder.
    Then watch and enjoy the birds tearing/pulling off this hair and using them for their nest building. Fascinating, and rewarding!

  200. We have in our garden Habberley kidderminster area four bird tables–one fish pond–one frog pond–one bird water pond,,two regular pigeons,knicknamed george and wife,,–sparrows — two robins–our early dawn and dusk,blackbird,,Jenny wrens,,I feed them sunflower hearts ,–and they call morning -evening on there schedule routes ,,sometimes stopping to bathe ,before roosting ,,

  201. We purchased a large bag of mixed seed that we put in the bird feeders for the smaller birds, but had an idea of mixing the seed with lard and porridge oats in trays, once hard enough we moulded them into small logs and put into a larger wooden log drilled with i inch holes to take the lard and seed moulded logs. Its now attracted, a greater spotted woodpecker, thrush, blackbirds and magpies, who happily feed alongside the blue tits and coal tits. The Robin who is normally a ground feeder has also learnt how to peck at the made up lard and seed logs.

  202. offer a safe and clean place to feed with a choice of food for both small birds and ground feeders and they know its going to be there every day.’If you build it they will come’ as taken from ‘field od dreams’!!

  203. Lots of feeders spread out all over the garden not just in one place. I have feeders on brackets on the house, on wallls, in trees and on two bird tables. I find that birds often don’t like feeding too close together so the more spread out they are the better.

  204. I don’t have a tree in my garden, so I find a fallen branch and attach it to my bird feeding pole. The blue tits and goldfinches love it

  205. Spread bird feeders around the garden so as 1species can’t colonies the feeders also have water always available

  206. Cut small lengths and twine, separate the threads and put in trees and shrubs ‘Fluffy Hamster bedding’ is good too, for Blue tits to use for nesting materials!! ‘My’ Blue tits used a lot of it for their nest!!

  207. My spring tip is to provide lots of tasty live mealworms. My partner has made cages in front and back gardens for me pop the worms into for my little feathered friends and I also I make sure that the ground feeders are stocked too for my blackbirds.
    This provides essential nutrients for all my birds, especially during the busy nesting period. Here is Mavis helping herself to a special ‘extra helping’!

  208. I simply fill as many bird feeders as my garden will hold. I have two bird houses which each hold two bird feeders hanging down. the house is usually full of bread, fruit and seed. I have a garden feeder station, which of course holds a lot of feeders. I used to purchase nijja but found it to be too expensive. Someone from work put me on to Canary seed, which is cheaper, and they seem to love it. I have three bird baths, one is my old Sky dish. The blackbirds and sparrows love it. The pigeon usually just sits in it in the heat. I have a hanging basket holder on my garage which holds the suet blocks and balls. A window feeder which the robin and wren seem to use the most. Over the years we have taken pics of a complete family of starlings, all lined up on our garage roof. We do live near the City. We get a lot of sparrows, tits, a robin, blackbird and Mrs blackbird, pigeons, who want sex all the time. We used to have blackcaps but they do not come here anymore. We have had a Jay one time which my husband photographed cos no one believed us. We have pics of me feeding a pheasant on our next door garage roof, he stayed for a few days and then suddenly disappeared my husband says the fox (which I also feed, along with hedgogs) probably eat him. The one thing I do not like is what I call a “killer bird” it looks like a small kestrel and swoops down and kills the birds. I have twice caught it holding down the bird and plucking at its body. The last time it was a pigeon, I thought it was snowing, of course it was the pigeons feathers.

  209. Have a permanent ‘Bird Bath’ for the little tweeties to get a drink and bathe… Birds like feeding in trees, so hang your feeders in them where possible… Lots of Nest boxes in suitable places… Sunflower Hearts are always popular… also Peanuts… Sultanas are enjoyed by Blackbirds… Robins like suet pellets (especially with insects) and dried mealworms… and they like to nest in Ivy… ‘Flutter Butter’ in Jars are popular too… and most of all a ‘Cat Scarer’!!

  210. WE, at this time of year, after brushing out our dogs put any hair into a suet block feeder so the birds have some lovely soft hair for the nest lining.
    The Blue tits go wild over this.

  211. Try as many different foods as possible until you find the one that your local birds like. Then stock up on it and feed in multiple locations!

  212. After grooming your pet put out the fur/hair on hedge or in a container watch the birds take the grooming’s for nest lining , fun to watch them with so many customers wanting this product of your pet fur/hair recycling .

  213. Leave the garden “messy” to provide overwintering habitat for bugs; and to provide nest building material for garden birds.

  214. Hi,

    I find that leaving some dry stems on grass and other plants attracts birds looking for nesting material.

  215. I soak your dried mealworms in water and scatter them around especially in nooks and crannies where the ground feeders forage.

  216. Ensure feeders are clean and full. Birds can’t afford to waste energy looking for food. I use a cover so only Black birds and smaller can feed from all my feeders. The bigger birds eat what is left when I move the feeders.

  217. Make sure feeders are kept topped up.Use a large plant pot saucer with a couple of stones in it as a bird bath.

  218. As great as it is to have lots of different feeders to attract birds in your garden please ensure they’re regularly cleaned to stop the spread of germs which could so easily kill your bird guests.

  219. Save all your hair (from human to dog) and throw it around the garden or put clumps in shrubs & watch it disappear as they all come to help themselves to this ‘free’ bedding while they’re busy building nests. To provide even more material to go round put a couple of tennis balls on the lawn & watch them go hammer and tongue at getting all the fluff off to use for nest building too.
    It’s great when autumn comes and you’re removing the nests, you can actually see the layers they’ve used from dog hair to bright pink or green fluff from the tennis balls.

  220. Lots and lots of bird feeders with a variety of bird food and in different parts of the garden and lots of water bowls with fresh rain water .
    nuts, peanuts , mealy bugs , sunflower hearts and bird food mixes – also seedy bread – fat balls , fat, scaps, bacon rind. cooked boiled rice

  221. Keep the feeders filled and fresh, don’t have birds use energy to visit them and find them empty. Also, at nesting time, don’t let them access whole peanuts, the youngsters can choke, peanut granules are good.

  222. We put the food at different locations and heights, including a window feeder. By separating the food stations it increases the variety of birds, even though we use the same mix of food at each location. We’ve managed to get yellowhammer and brambling on the ground, with nuthatch and siskins for the first time on the feeder. Blackbird and coal tit now come to the window feeder. We vary the food levels through the year and by the weather conditions whilst my wife says we spoil the birds, they do have their own small budget! We keep the water away from the food too so the birds are not congregrated.

  223. A variety of good quality bird food, clean containers and fresh water daily and a beak full of patience.

  224. Putting lots of shallow bowls of fresh water around the garden. It is fantastic to watch them bathe as well as drink… sometimes there are a few birds queuing up for the bath!

  225. I found that the pigeons and very large birds, jackdaws etc were stealing all the bird seed from my feeding station and the smaller birds did not have a chance. I noted that the big birds were perching on the feeding tray to reach the feeders so – simple – I just removed it from the feeding station. Now I get lots more small birds, finches, tits, etc and the bigger birds just feed from the bird table nearby. In a separate small table in another part of the garden I put out mealworms every day. Ive noticed the robins, blackbirds and a little wren likes to feed from there.

  226. we have a few bird tables which we have positioned very close to the hedges so the birds can take cover when there is a threat mainly from the sparrow hawks and cats

  227. ALL garden birds will eat sunflower HEARTS! I always feed this and make sure that my bird feeders are never empty. I have all other food available too but birds always take hearts first, nearly all species. Always have water available (shallow) and if you can, suitable nesting material (dog hair, hair from your hairbrush etc) and of course, very important, a variety of wild flowers. Very important too is to have large shrubs (evergreen if possible) close to bird feeders so that the birds have an easy escape route and somewhere to munch their food whilst planning their next visit to feeders!!

  228. Make sure your bird feeders are near bushes or trees to make the birds feel safe. Always feed a mixture of foods in various feeders.

  229. Meal worms attract robins and sparrows. The cock robin flies back to the nest where his mate is sitting on eggs. I chase off the magpies until he returns. Niger seed and sunflowers seeds for the goldfinches. Pigeons are a nuisance but at least they are vegetarian.

  230. Put as many feeders and different varieties around your garden as possible to attract as many different birds as possible. Also lots of water as they like a drink and a bath. Put out all your unwanted bread, fruit that might be going over a bit and anything out of the larder that you think is suitable for them to eat. In my garden it amounts to a lot of bird seed as the squirrels come in and eat it as well.

  231. Feed them.Different birds prefere different seed.For example if you want to encourage Goldfinches feed Niger seed,Siskins, Sunflower hearts, Woodpeckers, Peanuts. And if your very lucky you might even attract a Squirrel to the nuts.

  232. Use a range of food for different species, spread around different parts of the garden, so that shyer species like coal tits can feed away from the bully species like green finch ! Different foods seem to be preferred in different seasons – for example, suet balls seem to go better in the winter, peanuts are very slow moving compared to sunflower hearts and dried mealworms go well in the summer (presumably when adults are feeding their chicks). Always have a water bath, vital for the birds and great entertainment watching them bathe !

  233. I always make sure that I have two feeding stations for the birds in my garden. One out in the front for the bolder birds such as robins, blue tits, gangs of long-tailed tits, lesser spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches.Later on in the season I will put out niger seeds which the goldfinches love. Its a multi station feeder so I put out fat balls, peanuts, coconuts with special fat already prepared from Garden Wildlife Direct and Garden Wildlife Direct special robin and songbird special mix. I have recently had a pair of black caps which have never visited the feeder before. I also mix up dried mealworms as an extra treat. In the small patch of garden at the back which is less exposed, for the shyer birds I put out a mixture of dried porridge oats, Garden Wildlife Direct robin and songbird mixed seeds and sultanas which I have soaked in warm water so that they are plump and juicy. The blackbirds love this mixture.

  234. Use sunflower hearts and your garden will become a club house for many species of birds. Gold and greenfinches love them as does the woodpecker, nuthatch and all the usual suspects. No other bird food seems to have anything like the same appeal.

  235. We always leave a selection of different foods for the birds as this attracts so many different kinds and look after th m as if they are family, never forgetting to keep the bird bath full of clean water.

  236. Give an assortment of seeds sunflower hearts and fat balls and watch them flit from one to the other

  237. it helps if you have a garden first, grow the variety of plants and flowers birds like, this entices bugs ect = food for birds, also feed all year round, if poss, learn feeding habits, and place feed stations in different places in garden,

  238. We use Sunflower hearts to feed the birds and are thrilled with the number of beautiful small birds we now get. All of the Tit family plus Green,Gold and Chaffinches . They actually que on the fence for their turn on the feeder. We use the heart feeder which only allows the small birds to feed and stops the larger ones form emptying it in one sitting. Also we have stopped using the mix seeds as we found the birds tended to only choose the ‘ nice’ seeds such as the hearts and toss the rest aside leaving a lot of mess and a waste of money. We have fat ball for the larger birds.

  239. I always use a variety of foods along with the usual seeds, nuts, mealworms etc.
    I also put out cheese, pastry, bread & cake.

  240. Soak mealworms in warm water for 10 minutes. The worms are easily collected in large beakful’s by all the garden birds to feed spring fledgings and provide a nutritious meal for both growing babies and busy parents alike during this season

  241. I wedge fat balls in the crook of branches to attract nuthatches or spike them on the end of twigs on the tree.

  242. Fill empty coconut shell halves with home made unsalted peanut butter, they love it and plenty of fresh water for a spring dip.

  243. I comb my hairy dog in the garden. Lots of hair and soft undercoat.
    Birds love it and they will all have cosy, smelly nests.

  244. I have left a patch of grass longer to attract wildlife , bugs mice etc at the bottom of the garden by the trees and have managed to attract Tawny owls , i have recorde them calling but have yet to actually see one , cheap option that costs nothing but provides so much for birds

  245. I think its about consistancy if you’ve been providing the right environment all winter long, ie you’ve kept the bird feeders nice and full and the bird bath fresh the birds will know you are reliable source of food/water and your garden will be full.

  246. Always have a good variety of different feeders ie grain, Nigra seed, , fat balls, fat and insect flat slabs and always keep them topped up Don’t forget Blackbirds and the like they need a dish with mixed grains and I feed grapes as well, they love them, . also have water nice and shallow available. If a bird is con cussed after colliding with the window, pick it up take it in doors, I keep it cupped in my hand and put my hand up my shirt and warm it, after several minutes if alive the bird will soon revive and be fit for release. I have saved several this year inc Bull finch Chaffinch and Sparrows.

  247. I don’t let my cats out after 4.00 in the afternoon. The birds seem to know this. It’s wonderful watching the birds enjoying freedom and safety

  248. Spring Tip for the Robins. Once you see the Robin take food from the ground feeder tray and fly off with it, start putting meal worms out for them because they’ll be feeding chicks, then you’re guaranteed to have their chicks visit once fledged. Also make sure you keep your bird bath water topped up so birds that are sitting on eggs can come and have a nice bath after getting a bit dusty sitting for so long, especially if it hasn’t rained for a few days.

  249. We make our own fat-puddings. Fill a pudding bowl with wild bird seed, raisins, sunflower hearts, bread crumbs and dried mealworms. Melt a block of lard and pour into pudding bowl. Leave to set over night. Dip bowl in hot water and tip out onto bird table or ground feeder. We make 4 at a time. They are loved by robins, blackbirds, doves, pigeons, all species of tit and finch families, woodpeckers, nuthatch, sparrows…….also – fill a nut feeder with nesting material, they all have a good feed and fly away with some cosy bedding!

  250. I don’t have a garden., but I use my window ledge to feed the birds. I put out crushed up fat balls and cropped up apples as well.
    I live by a field I hang fastball feeders in one of the trees this attract blue tits, coal tits, sparrows and also long tail tits.

  251. Hi, in addition to the usual advice on offering a variety of food types and clean water, also assure that you offer a variety of feeding stations, table, ground, bird table, etc, with a complimentary number of water opportunities for the birds

  252. Along with all the seed and bread crumbs a bird bath is a must at breeding time lots of baths and drinks taken in that order!

  253. I always have fresh water and large variety of seeds fruit and fat balls etc. I have a canopy over the top to deter birds of prey…..sit back and enjoy….:)

  254. We find that a lot of birds in the garden at once in spring can cause squabbles and territory disputes during the breeding season. I distribute many feeders containing a range of seeds, fat, mealworms and nuts around different areas/habitats of the garden so that everyone can have a go without too much fighting.

  255. Hang an old teapot by its handle in a bush near where you feed you birds & fill it with wood shavings/shredded paper/sHeeps wool so the have a source for nest building at hand. I put another teapot in hedge in which they often nest. They sometimes nest in the teapots- all from the recycling dump!

  256. keep the feeders well stocked with nuts
    I get everything from red squirrels, blue tits, finches, wrens, wood pigeons, ring neck doves, lesser spotted woodpeckers and others.
    If there are no nuts the pheasants soon let me know by pecking on the kitchen window

  257. Always be consistent when feeding garden birds. Put bird food out at the same time everyday, as well as leaving up a permanent feeding station, and you’ll attract all kinds of species who will keep coming back for more!

  258. Birds need food, cover and nesting sites. Provide all three and you’ll have plenty of birds. Just choosing one tip – provide a range of food (different birds like different seeds, for example greenfinches adore sunflower feeders whilst goldfinches prefer niger seeds) and make sure feeders are always full. Good quality seed and clean feeders help, and don’t forget to ensure they can also get a drink.

  259. As well as having a good assortment of food out I put nesting material out (usually hair from having the dog clipped – which I save through the year, they seem to prefer the white to the brown)

  260. Mix 1Kg Garden Wildlife Peanuts, 1Kg Garden Wildlife Sunflower hearts, 1/2 Kg melted Suet
    pour into plastic pipe to make into Logs to fit into fat ball feeder.
    (Peanuts and sunflower hearts put into coffee grinder for a few seconds)
    Attracts various birds including a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers

    Garden Wildlife sunflower hearts in feeder attracts Golf Finches, Green finches, Chaffinches Robins, Sparrows,

  261. As well as my feeders I have roses and fruit trees in pots around my garden and the blue tits love them . They get the insects from the branches . It’s fun watching them bobbing about !!

  262. Be kind to the wild life, feed them, water them & make them feel safe in your garden & you should get plenty coming to see you.

  263. I put a half coconut ‘fat’ shell out – wow, I get so many birds! I also have a mini-feeder so only the smaller birds can get in 🙂

  264. Having been spending a fortune filling up our feeders each morning only to find the pesky squirrels had eaten the lot by midday, we invested in a bird feeding station. Alas those pesky squirrels still managed to shimmy up the pole and gorge themselves silly. So we bought a squirrel baffle which my partner altered to fit the feeding station pole. Even then, those clever little squirrels somehow managed to access the goodies so we bought a metal Slinky spring toy and affixed this to the pole. Not only has this completely prevented any squirrels from getting to the bird food but it’s also hilarious to watch the little blighters failed yet repeated attempts to climb the pole! Available from all good toy shops…..

  265. Sunflower hearts is definitely the big draw into the garden for all the finches in particular. We have next boxes for blue tits, a variety of plants and flowers to attract bees and bugs etc. Ivy covered fences and thick hedges for nesting. We also leave our brushed dog hair on the grass for the birds to take for nesting. Bird baths and a pond allow water to wash the food all down with!

  266. Keep your bird feeding table/station close to a hedge is possible. Since I did this lots more birds visit as they can sit in the hedge and keep hopping backwards and forwards to feed and obviously feel much safer than being out in the open to feed

  267. Good feeding with a good variety of feeds an area with plenty of cover nearby so birds can escape too ( I am troubled by a pair of Sparrow hawks)

  268. A good variety of foods and areas where food is available will enrich your garden with birds anytime including the spring . Fat balls, flutter butter loved by starlings, blue and great tits, even robins love it. Softbill food is especially loved by the blackbirds at this time of the year, so much so they are only a few feet away from me every morning as I replenish the bird table.

  269. I always have bird food out for the birds & a variety too, also bread crumbs, crushed biscuits, fruit & fresh water.

    Living out in the country I have a good variety of birds feasting in my garden

  270. I fill the many feeders I have with so many different bird foods to encourage all varieties of our feathered friends. A fresh supply of water is a must. I chase cats from my garden with a water pistol! Pesky things they are.

  271. My best tip is put feeders out and spread food on the ground. I put fat balls in the big oak tree at the back end of the garden.
    I get so many different species in the garden from wood peckers to alot to of the tit family, to magpies, crows, wood pigeons and everything in-between. I also have a feed on my window and have a little robin who loves to feed from it.
    Good luck everyone and thankyou for the chance to win.

  272. Crumble fat balls, mix with sunflower hearts, raisins and other goodies and place on floor – blackbirds, robins and their friends cannot keep away.

  273. Putting a variety of feeders and seeds out helps attract different birds and woodpeckers seem to like the fat logs we have, especially when they have young, last year we had the whole family on our feeder eating these, 2 adults and 3 juveniles! You should also keep feeders clean to avoid spread of disease amongst birds.

  274. I feed my birds suet balls with mealworms they love that as well as sunflower hearts in a hanger peanuts in a easy feeder for bird but when young are out change to a wire feeder as the young can choke. Nygler seed for the tits. Berry suet bits in a hanger bird cake in a hanger and some in bird table.
    My tip is be consistent throughout the year. Remember it’s not only the summer that the birds need fed it’s all year round. They will come for food. I have 3 nests and two bird boxes this year because I feed them all year so the know where to get a source of food

  275. Apart from a great variety of bird food, we also soak dried meal worms in a little bit of water to rehydrate them, the birds love them.

  276. We use sunflower hearts, which attract goldfinches in abundance along with greenfinches, bullfinches and blue tits. We also have the added bonus of 2 hedgehogs visiting in the evening and hoovering up whatever has fallen onto the patio. A win win situation.

  277. I get my metal cage dish and fill it with a variety of treats, niger, wheat, berry and fat pellets, sunflower seeds and hearts and crushed peanuts, put it on the patio table and watch the sparrows, finches, tits, ring necks, starlings, blackbirds and robins have a munch followed by a good ole splash in the plant saucer bird bath…..

  278. If you own a long haired dog and brush it often, save some of the hair and stuff it in a bird seed holder. Hang it in your garden and watch as the birds use it to line their nests.

  279. Heaps of feeders, dotted all round the garden in different types of location and with a variety of feed. I’ve found that once a few birds discover you, masses return.

  280. Make sure you leave plenty of food (bought from wildlife direct) out and they just keep coming back.

  281. have plenty of different foods plus clean water to drink and bath. sit by window or door very quite and still then you will see more than expected

  282. Always ensure the correct feed for specialist birds; for example niger seed for goldfinches and peanuts for green finches and blue tits. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is often attracted to the peanuts as well.

  283. Different Wild Bird foods will attract a host of different types of birds. Some of which will follow you round as you garden foraging for worms and any other grubs that take their fancy! Don’t forget fresh drinking water from bird baths all round the garden, some deeper than others as we’ve spent many hours laughing at the birds taking baths late afternoon

  284. Putting bird food out regularly and in different spots so the small birds don’t get frightened off by the bigger ones. The suet pellets are a firm favourite.

  285. Have at least 6 feeders in various places, with a good variety of food, fill them everyday and site them where the birds have hedges or trees to retreat to if startled. We have dozens of birds of all sorts!

  286. Empty the peanut holder (as peanuts can kill baby birds) and fill the feeder with dog hair, sheep’s wool, horse hair or any other bird nesting materials.
    Fat feeder holders work just as well. I had to refill the holder 3 times last week!

  287. Sunflower hearts for finches, Niger for Goldfinches, Crushed peanuts for tits, Coconut halves for exciting feeding, fat cakes for starlings and sultans, maize nibs for ground feeding thrushes and blackbirds.

  288. My best spring tip (and indeed all year tip) is to feed birds in two different places – on the ground for magpies, rooks, pigeons and sometimes blackbirds and from a seed feeder for small birds such as bluetits, chaffinches, sparrows and sometimes even robins. This means that the big birds don’t bully the small ones and frighten them away from the seeds.

  289. Place your feeders in amongst branches so birds can hide a little or feed without fear of the larger birds. Mix up fat balls, with sunflower seeds, a couple of coconut suets and some peanuts – wait and watch, they will all come!

  290. My garden birds loves coconut fats, mealworms and sunflower seeds. Make sure that you clean feeder because its can go moudly and water bowls as well so birds won’t eat/drink it as it can make them poorly. Also my garden birds don’t like wheats so I brought wheat free bird feeder. Love my birds!

  291. I’ve planted bamboo under my bird stands. This way it discourages my very clever cat from getting the birds and they also seem to like hiding in it.

  292. I fill my bird feeders each time it becomes empty, also fat ball holder.. They are hung up in a tree half way up the garden where I can watch the birds.
    I have many bird that come to feed, blue tit, Robins sparrow and other birds. I have a robin that sits on the washing line. The garden has many hiding place for the birds.
    Trees and hedges a bushes, it is a quite area and the birds seem to love it.

  293. Buy your food from Garden Wildlife Direct that way you will be able to feed more
    Birds because the cost of food is the cheapest on the market. Win win !

  294. Leave plenty of food and water available I put mine on a feeder with different food in each feeder near some bushes for the more nervousness birds.

  295. I have a regular pair of blue tits nesting in my schweglar 3 hole nest box.each year I put out baskets of dried moss to aid the female in building her nest.I also put out baskets of dogs hair taken from my sister’s German shepherds and she also uses this to line the nest keeping her eggs and young snugg.Also other birds such as house sparrows take the hair,so they all get some.Its great to watch and satisfying knowing you’ve done your bit to help.

  296. Many people don’t realise that even seed-eating birds like sparrows and finches must feed live flies, grubs, worms and caterpillars to their young. Make your garden attractive to invertebrates and other wildlife and you’ll have more birds in spring and summer as well.

  297. Hi, I find the best tip is regarding fat balls. I do not use the hanging handle. I place the fat ball hangers on top of the bushes which have been cut for the winter. All the birds love to eat them from these holders if they don’t have to hang on to do it.

    Very tiny birds go into the bushes and eat from underneath whilst the large birds just sit on the bushes (or sometimes on the holder itself), but everyone loves them served this way.

  298. Sunflower hearts from Garden Wildlife Direct are gobbled up by all our species. There’s no mess either.

  299. plenty of fresh clean water and supply of food (only during the winter & Autumn months as there is plenty of fruit and berries during spring and summer for them.

  300. I work in Barnes and I like to gently disperse seed and feed into and around the pond. The wildlife around Barnes pond is wonderful. I often sit on the bench and listen to the bird song

  301. I have 8 bird feeders in my garden , 4 filled with peanuts and 4filled with sunflower hearts.
    I have plenty of birds calling ,also blue tits and a robin nesting.
    Don’t forget the water!!

  302. My top tip is to make sure there’s fresh clean water available – if you don’t have a bird bath, then be creative – an old pot or dustbin lid will do, my birds aren’t fussy about the container!

  303. Spread…suet..like..the..suet..from..mealworm..coconut..halves..around..all..the..points..where..the..branches..meet..or..on..tips..and..do..this..on..as..many..trees..as..possible..and..they…will…flock..in….

  304. Always ensure that you have a variety of feeders with different foodstuffs including a ground feeder to attract ground feeding birds. Put out quality bird seed, suet pellets or blocks, peanuts, and dried mealworms on the ground feeder. Ensure your feeders have squirrel and pigeon deterrents to encourage song birds to dine unworried. Also have a bird bath nearby for drinking and bathing. Enjoy the sight of the regular comings and goings of a variety of different bird species and study their behaviour. What could be better?

  305. hi there my tip is when brushing your dog don’t throw the hair away put it in a hanging feeder or netting for the birds to come and line there nests
    for their babies

  306. Crush some cornflakes, dampen them, throw on garden. Simple….. The smaller birds like the Robins LOVE cornflakes in our garden 🙂

  307. We have rescue battery hens. The local bird population soon caught on that there is corn & mealworm aplenty to be had!

  308. I’ve got my feeders in an open area on my allotment so nothing can hide underneath but with bushes some metres away for hiding ready to go to the feeder. I find providing seed, fat balls, water kept topped up and provided year round attracts year round visits and keeps them coming in for the busy Spring feeding period.

  309. Never, never allow your bird feeders to run out of food at this time of year. They rely on feeding tables while they are feeding their young.

  310. I find grinding peanuts and cashewnuts together and leave in a bowl for the birds attracts lots more birds, robins love them, they cant get on feeders so this is a help to them and others.

  311. Have lots of bird feeders out – we were only really getting sparrows and a robin visit our garden since we moved in two years ago however on going away for a week at the beginning of March I decided we should put all of our feeders (every single one we own) out so the birds didn’t run out of food. Upon our return we now have great tits, blue tits, coal tits and even a black cap visiting now! 🙂

  312. I put out mealworms for the robins and put a few small bits of cheese into it for them, they love it.

  313. dont throw leftovers away, there is always a bird out there that will eat it, apart from the little birds we now get rooks, crows, jackdaws and magpies to our big bird table, we have a smaller one with a roof out back which the small birds and wood pigeons feed from along with sorted seed feeders and fat ball holders.

  314. Fat slabs and meal worms make our bird table a constant hive of activity from early morning to 7.30pm on the dot !

  315. I try to leave out a good mixture of goodies that a wide variety of birds can enjoy. We have Meadow Pipits hopping around the garden,Wood Pigeons, Magpies, Seagulls, Sparrows, Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and, just come out of hibernation, a huge Hedgehog (not a bird I know but a friend in our garden. A nice time for all.

  316. old toilet roll covered in peanut butter rolled in seed hung on tree brings plenty birds to the garden even in busy town

  317. My tip is to stock up with seeds and mealworms from GardenWildlifeDirect and be prepared for the action over the next few weeks!!!