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A Guide to the Birds You Can Find in Your Garden

August 29th, 2013

No matter where you live in the UK, you can be sure to find a diverse range of bird species. Wild and free, colourful and animated, birds such as blue tits, greenfinches and red-chested robins, can be attracted to your home garden with a feeder and quality food that we supply at BirdFeeders4Less. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Your Garden Visitors Safe from Predators

June 18th, 2013

Birds are welcome visitors to many gardens. They bring life, colour and music to the area around your home, but they can fall prey to predators such as cats and foxes. If you’re trying to attract birds by planting flowers or fruit trees, or by offering them food and shelter, it’s a good idea to give a thought to their safety as well. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Create the Perfect Bird Friendly Garden

June 4th, 2013

Birds can bring life, colour, and even music to your garden. Here at Bird Feeders 4 Less we know that by making a few simple changes to outside areas, you can attract a variety of birds, and make your garden seem more vibrant and alive. Read the rest of this entry »

For Bird and Cat Lovers: The Happy Medium

May 1st, 2013

During the spring and summer months there is nothing quite like sitting in the sunshine admiring the birds and the various other animals that venture into your garden. At Bird Feeders 4 Less we know that thinking about creating a bird friendly garden can be tricky when you own cats as you are aware that the end result may not be the desirable one. It is essential to think carefully about which types of bird feeders or stations to use so that the local wildlife is safe from harm. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Different Foods to Attract Different Types of Birds to Your Garden

March 6th, 2013

Like people, different birds are attracted to different foods; not to worry though, at Birdfeeders 4 Less we offer a range to suit even the fussiest of our feathered friends! Check out this guide to find ways to bring new species into your garden.

First things first: know your diets! To attract a specific bird to your garden make sure you know what they eat! You won’t attract a Hummingbird with nuts. Here are some tips to help you get started: Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Place Your Bird Feeder

January 7th, 2013

The most important factors to consider when choosing the best bird feeder placement are those that will affect how the bird will see and use the feeder. Much like us humans if the birds do not find the bird feeder comfortable, safe or convenient they will not use it. When placing a bird feeder in your garden keep these considerations in mind:

Natural

The best place to put a feeder will mimic a bird’s natural feeding preference. Feeders for woodpeckers will be more popular if placed near tree trunks, whilst platform feeders for ground-feeding birds work best in areas where those birds would normally feed.

Activity

Feeders in quiet, less disturbed areas generally do better than those placed in active areas. Although birds can adapt to some noise and activity, many prefer a quieter area for feeding.

Safety

Consider safety, birds will not visit a feeder if it’s in an unsafe area. Position bird feeders near suitable shelter like trees, bush piles and shrubs. This will give birds a safe, fast retreat whenever a predator is nearby.

Windows

Collisions into windows can often be fatal for small birds, so either position your feeder very close to the window or very far away so birds cannot hit the window hard enough for injury or have enough room to manoeuvre.

Visibility

Birds need to be able to see the feeder before they will readily visit it. Placing a feeder in an open sunny area will not only make them more visible it also gives feeding birds a good view of predators and threats.

Here at Bird Feeders 4 Less we have vast range of products on offer to provide the birds in your garden the perfect feeding place. If you would like more information about our products get in touch with one of the team on: 0115 966 4033 or contact us here.

 

The Bird Feeding Basics

November 29th, 2012

Bird feeding will not only benefit birds but will provide you great watching from your own garden. Winter is the time when food is scarce for birds so this is the best time to feed them. To keep the birds coming back to your back yard throughout winter you need to provide them a place to shelter, some clean water to drink and bath in and of course some yummy food. If you’re struggling on what to feed your back yard birds, we’ve put together a list of different foods that your garden birds will love.

Bird Seed Mixes

There are many different bird seed mixes to choose from, the better ones generally contain flaked maize, peanut granules and sunflower seeds. If you don’t know what specific birds eat what put out bowls of different types of seeds to see which ones they prefer. Remember their preferences will change with the seasons so what they enjoy now they may not enjoy in spring.

Black Sunflower Seeds

These are an excellent choice all year round and can prove more popular than peanuts. Black sunflower seeds are the best choice as the oil content is much higher than other sunflower seeds meaning they are much better for the birds. It helps them get through the cold winter nights.

Peanuts

These nuts are very rich in fat so are very popular with sparrows, woodpeckers and siskins. Be sure to buy them from a reputable dealer though as they can be high in natural toxin which can kill birds. Obviously birds cannot eat salted or dry roasted peanuts.

Baked Goods

Birds enjoy baked goods anything from stale dry bread, breadcrumbs; crackers are all appealing to backyard birds. Break these products into small manageable pieces; if the bread is very stale soak the pieces in the water before giving it to the birds.

Cooked Pasta & Rice

Like human birds enjoy cooked pasta and rice because it is a good source of carbohydrate. Make sure they are cooked, still soft and chopped into small manageable pieces so they can be carried by the birds. These have to be plain without any sauce on them.

Here at Bird Feeders 4 Less we have a vast range of products on offer that will see your back yard birds through winter. For more information get in touch with one of our friendly team on 0115 966 4033 or contact us here.

 

How You Can Help Your Local Birdlife this Winter

November 21st, 2012

As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, as bird lovers we have to be even more willing than usual to give our feathered friends a helping hand. Although the bare trees make winter the perfect time to view their activities, many birds will die at this time of year due to a lack of food and low temperatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Tips to Attract Birds to Your Garden

July 6th, 2012

Now is the perfect time of year to get your garden ready for the on-set of summer, and whilst you are doing so why not take a few moments to think about not just what you and your family would like, but also how you could make your garden more attractive to the local wildlife? You’ll soon reap the benefit of having birds flock to your garden when you can look out of the window and see the joy that they bring, whilst also educating your children about the birds and the bees, literally! A great place to start is by investing in a bird table, and no matter what size your garden is, or what you’re looking to achieve from it we’re confident we have something for you here at Bird Feeders 4 Less.

Home

The first thing you need to consider to attract birds into your garden is creating a home for them, this can be with a simple bird box, or if you have a little more spare time think about the plants that you have- hedges with dense coverage will allow birds to build their own nests.

Security

Once you have a home for your birds ensure that they are always safe from any predators, the best way to do this is to reduce any opportunity that the predators will have by locating the feeders and home in a place that the birds can see any dangers.

Food

An obvious one but birds won’t come to your garden unless you attract them with lovely sumptuous food; just like a human is drawn to a bakery with the smell of freshly baked bread! A little bit of turf will provide the perfect feeding ground for larger birds as they can gorge themselves on worms!

Follow these top tips to attract birds to your garden, but the only way to know if you’ve been successful is to sit back and wait! Browse our website today to see the range of products that you can have in your garden to help in this mission.

Keep Squirrels at Bay with Our New Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

June 13th, 2012

Tired of pesky squirrels spoiling the peace around your bird feeder? Instead of being mesmerised by the concept of delicious treats, the birds are only concerned with the looming bushy-tailed peril that could be right around the corner when considering your feeder. Well we have the solution to combat this, and the answer comes in the form of our new squirrel proof bird feeders.

Squirrel Trouble?

Whilst squirrels are often regarded as soft, cute creatures, and indeed sometimes offer a welcome addition to the charming picture a busy bird feeder can help paint; but they can also cause birders a considerable amount of stress.

Common Squirrel Traits

● Voracious in nature, they will consume large amounts of newly purchased seed.

● Defend feeders like territory, scaring away birds and other wildlife.

● Damage feeders, as they attempt to get at the food , slashing with claws and teeth.

● Ability to leap and climb allows squirrels easy access to feeders placed in trees.

So, with your bird-feeding environment in the hands of these little fellows, how do our squirrel proof bird feeders put you back in control?

Safety First

The real key to keeping squirrels at bay is in the design of the feeder or bird table. Our squirrel-proof feeders are available in a range of styles and are all complete with working anti-squirrel measures.

With our stainless steel and aluminium options, there’s no chance of a squirrel breaking through and damaging the feeder. Similarly, we have a range of spherical and cube shaped cages that are specifically designed to allow room for birds to snap up seeds, but with bars angled so that squirrels cannot penetrate them.

Lastly, we have flockers, which use a mechanism that cleverly hides the seed under metal sliders the moment a squirrel’s weight is applied to the feeder.

Our feeders will not only provide a practical addition to your scene, but will also blend seamlessly with your garden furniture and the stylistic nuances already helping to make your garden environment a better place.

With all these options available from Bird Feeders 4 Less, there’s no need to let squirrels in on the harmonious seed empire your garden or birding location could be.

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