Watching birds in your garden is a lovely experience. Many people stock up on wild bird products to try and attract a range of beautiful birds to their garden. It’s amazing when you spot a rare wild bird in your garden, watch birds nesting or displaying fascinating behaviour. People like to watch birds in their garden for many reasons, because it’s relaxing, feeding them helps the wild bird population thrive and because birds are very interesting creatures to watch. People assume wild birds only really need help in the winter when food is scarce but that’s not always the case, they can do with a helping hand all year round.
Watching wild birds enables you to get close to nature and watch a wild creature just metres from your house. If you want to attract lots of different birds to your garden then you will need to get some wild bird products for your garden. This is our complete guide to wild bird products for people who are new to garden birdwatching.
These are the essential products you will need to get if you want to watch birds in your garden.
Wild bird feeders hold bird feed and help to keep it away from other animals. It can be a little overwhelming trying to choose a suitable bird feeder for your garden. There are four main types of feeders available to purchase, peanut, seed, suet and squirrel proof feeders. Bird feeders come in lots of different shapes, styles and sizes, so you can get a feeder that suits your garden. They can be circular, tube shaped, bird house shaped and rectangular. You can get a plain and simple bird feeder or a decorative feeder if you want something a bit more interesting to look at, either way the birds don’t really mind!
Want more birds in your garden? Get a nesting box to encourage them to make your garden their home. It’s wonderful witnessing a new family of birds flourishing right before your eyes. Wild bird nesting boxes provide a safe haven for birds where they can build their nest. They keep birds safe and warm and are usually placed in very convenient locations above the ground and away from predators.
Normally birds just find holes in trees or other naturally sheltered areas to build their nest, but a nesting box is a great alternative. The type of birds you attract to your nesting box depends on where it is location but some birds that commonly use nesting boxes include robins, starlings and blue tits.
Around half of the adult population in the UK put food out for birds. You can choose what sort of food you would prefer to feed the birds in your garden. The different types of wild bird feed you can get include bird peanuts, niger seed, sunflower seeds, wild bird mixtures and bird suet fat balls.
Each type of feed has its advantages, some people like to vary the feed they give birds in their garden and others will always stick to the same feed. The type of bird feed you choose will also depend on what sort of birds you want in your garden, as some breeds of bird prefer a specific type of bird feed.
Wild bird mixtures – If you aren’t sure what feed to get then wild bird mixture is a good product to start off with. It includes lots of different seeds that wild birds love, such as Linseed, Sunflower Seeds, White Millet, Maize, Wheat and Red Dari. More expensive mixtures will contain larger amounts of expensive seeds such as black sunflower whereas cheaper mixtures will be made up mainly of wheat.
Bird Peanuts – Bird Peanuts are also a very popular choice of wild bird feed. They are naturally rich in fat and high in calories, which can come in handy through a particularly cold winter. Some species that have a tendency to enjoy peanuts the most include woodpeckers, tits and greenfinches.
Niger Seed – Niger seeds contain high oil levels which is beneficial to lots of birds, however, Siskins, Redpoll and Goldfinches particularly love them. They are small black seeds and are a great value form of bird feed.
Bird Suet Fat Balls – If you want to attract lots of different birds then Bird Suet Fat Balls are a great choice. As they are high in fat they provide some much needed energy for wild birds.
Sunflower Hearts – Sunflower hearts are a premium type of bird feed, they contain the seed without the husk and therefore leave less waste behind. They are also extremely nutritious for birds and tend to attract tits, greenfinches and all sorts of different birds.
When birds are looking for an environment to build their nest or simply come to visit there are a few things they look for. The first is a food supply, but they also look for places with fresh water where they can have a drink and clean their feathers. If you want to entice birds to regularly visit your garden then try and provide a source of fresh water.
The simplest and easiest way to provide water is by using a bird bath. The surface of the bath needs to be rough so that birds can grip onto the sides with their feet and it should be sloping, so that they can enter the water to a depth that they are comfortable with. According to the RSPB, the water should be between 2.5 cm and 10 cm (1-4 inches) deep.
There are also some additional products you can get if you are a keen bird watcher. These include tools to make watching the birds a better experience for you and also additional products to help protect your bird feed.
- High quality camera
- Wild bird books
- Cat, dog and squirrel repellent
- Bird feed cases/protectors
- Water features for your garden