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Feeding Wild Birds

Feeding Wild Birds

At this time of year, as their natural foods start to diminish in the countryside, more birds start to appear in our gardens. This year has been a good berry year, so as there is still plenty of food left on shrubs and trees and many gardens have been much quieter than normal. However because of this, more Scandinavian birds have flown here to take advantage of this bounty. In particular is the stunning Waxwing, which have arrived in their hundreds to Scotland and are gradually working their way south devouring berries as they go. They are more often found in supermarket car parks, but do turn up in gardens if you have berries left on your shrubs or trees – keep a lookout for them!

Variety Attractors - A comprehensive range of unique mixtures and wholesome single foods for year-round feeding, all of which appeal to the taste buds of the widest range of feeder or table feeding garden birds. If you’re looking for variety of colour, song and habit from your garden visitors these tempting foods should be at the top of your list.

Species Attractors - We all have particular favourite species, and what garden is complete without the robin, thrush, wren, sweet-singing blackbird or the brilliant goldfinch? But all have specific dietary needs that must be catered for if we are to enjoy their company. Which is why we Harrisons have formulated these high quality mixtures and specialist whole foods for year-round feeding.

High Energy Treats - Suet and fats provide instant energy for wild birds, particularly necessary when they are busy building nests and raising young. Extra energy also helps them keep warm and healthy during the long cold winter, in fact there isn’t a season when it’s not beneficial to general health and vigour. The Garden Friends range of Energy Boost treats caters for all tastes with a wide variety of quality infusions to increase attraction.

The BTO and RSPB recommend wild birds be fed all year round.  Requirements are greater in late autumn and winter when natural resources are in shorter supply.

High energy levels are also needed during spring when birds are busy breeding and raising young.   Birds lose energy maintaining body temperature overnight, so a good breakfast is essential to set them up for the day.

Once you have established a feeding regime don’t disappoint them, they will depend on you.  Establish several feeding areas and move them regularly to avoid bacterial build up.  Consider predators when selecting suitable feeding sites, set table and feeder heights accordingly and make sure birds feeding on the ground have a good line of sight. Store all foods in a cool, dry place.

Hygiene Tips

  • Feed little and often.
  • Replace old or wet food to prevent build up of bacteria or mould, particularly on table and ground feeding stations.
  • Clean feeding stations regularly with a safe disinfectant.
  • Always wash your hands after handling bird products.

Scampers stock a large range of Walter Harrison’s seeds, treats, feeders and accessories.  To see our full range, pop into Scampers on the A142 Soham By-pass between Ely and Newmarket (only 15 miles from Cambridge).

Walter Harrison’s……Birds Flock To It.