Wild British birds are a welcome visitor into our gardens and we love to see them playing around and getting to know their wonderful personalities. It doesn’t take a large space or to be in the countryside to attract them either, our urban spaces are valuable resources for wildlife. We spoke to our Wild Bird Expert, Danny Yeoman, to find out the best way to attract beautiful wild birds into your gardens (and what foods you should be feeding them).
1. Create a “Smorgasbird”
The golden rule of garden bird feeding is: The more diverse selection of foods you feed and the more diverse ways that you feed it, means more birds in your garden! Provide a high variety of foods, a good quality seed mix, like Peter & Paul Four Seasons or Peter & Paul Clean Plate works perfectly for this – and provide it in a feeder, on a bird table (if you have one), but don’t forget to sprinkle a little Peter & Paul In Full Song onto the ground for ground feeding birds.
2. Feed Them Their Favourites
Niger is a small, high quality seed that Goldfinches love. These birds are a real garden bird favourite with many garden bird watchers and they are such fun to watch along with their cousins, Siskins and unrelated birds like sparrows and the tit species. Niger seed requires a special bird feeder with smaller holes, Peter & Paul Vivid Colour contains Niger Seed, in just the right proportions. which means it's a good mix to choose if you'd like to attract Goldfinches without buying a special Niger seed feeder. If you’d like to focus on Niger seed feeding, you can use one of these feeders.
3. Make It Easy For The Birds
Peter & Paul Peanut Butter is favoured by smaller birds because peanut butter is easier to collect in small bills and doesn't need to be cracked, shelled or broken to be eaten. Dollops of Peanut Butter can be placed at the base of a feeder, making it FAR more attractive to prettier garden birds or smear on tree trunks, branches or fence posts.
4. Provide Fresh Water
Urge your birds to see your garden as a one-stop shop for their daily routine. Water is particularly vital for seed-eating birds that have dry meals and need to be able to wash them down. Birds not only need clean water for drinking but for bathing and preening, so the best way to provide water is a bird bath.
5. Provide A Safe Space For Them
Ideally feeders should be about 2m away from some suitable cover, to create a safer feeding station. Nearby vegetation can provide a lookout point for the birds and a place to dash to if disturbed. It’s best to keep your feeder away from fences, overhanging branches and low-lying bushes that a cat can hide in.
Our feathered friends have a bit of a hard time of it come February time, having made it through the winter they are out in search of food to prepare them for the breeding season. Your efforts will help to ensure future generations can enjoy our wonderful British bird life. We hope our top tips will help your garden to flourish into a bird haven.
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