WILD BIRD TABLES for delivery within the UK
By encouraging wild birds to visit your garden you will improving the ambiance of your outside space. You will be able to view a variety of interesting and colourful species and to observe their behaviour. Better still, you will be helping our native birds to survive and thrive. By providing food for the birds you will be sure to make your garden a magnet for feathered visitors. A Bird table is a fabulous investment for your garden.
WHAT Bird Food?
You can use your wild bird table to offer bird seed, sunflower hearts, peanuts, food scraps and other treats. Bird tables are particularly attractive to birds which dislike hanging from Bird feeders. They also provide an alternative to your feeder so there isn't too much competition for the food.
PROTECTING YOUR WOODEN BIRD TABLE
Birds are vulnerable to predators when feeding and their food will be of interest to squirrels. You can prevent cats and squirrels from scaling the table by fitting a baffle to the upright. You could also consider encasing the upright in plastic piping. Cats dislike the smell of citrus and so a little citronella or orange peel will help to deter them. Many wooden bird tables are already treated in order to make the weatherproof. However, it is sometimes a good idea to revarnish the table after a number of years in order to continue to protect the wood against the elements.
WHERE SHOULD YOU LOCATE YOUR WILD BIRD TABLE?
Wild birds will not favour bird tables which leave them feeling vulnerable to attack. It is preferable to locate your bird table in a sheltered area of the garden close to trees and bushes which will provide some cover for the birds. They then have somewhere to wait whilst they check that the coast is clear and to flee to if danger arrives.
MAINTAIN A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT
You should ensure that your bird table is kept as clean and hygienic as possible to prevent the spread of disease. Clean your table regularly and remove uneaten food before it goes off.
BIRD TABLES AT LITTLE PECKERS
You will discover fabulous wild bird tables here at Little Peckers and at the best prices. We price to please so that you can always feed the wild birds in your garden without breaking the bank. You will also find a superlative range of high quality wild bird mixes, wild bird seeds and peanuts at the lowest prices so your bird table will always be well-stocked.
If you would like further information regarding bird tables, then this webpage should help.
Bird Tables: How to Keep the Cats Away
There are millions of cats in the UK and every one of them is a natural predator. Estimates vary as to how many birds are killed every year by cats but it is safe to presume that it is at least 50 million. Whilst cat predation does not seem to have adversely affected bird populations, most bird lovers do not want to see cats in their gardens. If you wish to keep cats away from your bird table and bird feeders then here are some handy tips.
- Start by reinforcing the perimeters of your garden. You can do this by topping your fences with plastic roll-up fencing as cats will find it difficult to climb over this. You could also consider constructing a second fence outside the original fence or wall. Use chicken wire or similar and place it at an angle so that it leans in the direction of approaching cats. The hunting felines will be unable to climb this. Taut wire or string mounted six inches above the fence will also help to keep the cats out.
- Cats are often wary of the light reflected by shiny surfaces. Old CDs threaded on string can be strung across branches if you don’t mind the look of them. You can also place half-full plastic bottles in your borders as these will also reflect the light.
- You should take measures to foil the cats’ attempts at scaling trees and bird tables. It is possible to place spiked collars on tree trunks. The wooden uprights of bird tables and feeders can be encased in plastic piping. The plastic can also be greased to make life even harder for the cats. You can foil the cats by fixing a cone or a disc to the pole. These are usually used to deter squirrels but should also stop the cats. You can fashion a DIY deterrent to use instead of a cone. Take an old biscuit tin or similar. Cut a hole to pass the pole through and position the tin with the open end towards the ground.
- Thorney or spikey plants are useful natural deterrents. Grow these in your borders or place clipping in your borders and beneath your bird table and feeder.
- There is a plant called Coleus canina which has an odour which cats find unpleasant. You may see this marketed as Scaredy-cat or Pee-off. Planting a few of these might keep the cats away.
- There are other odours which cats dislike, notably citrus. Citronella might do the trick or you could try orange or lemon peel.
- Cats don’t generally like water so a water pistol might come in handy. If cats learn that they will get squirted with water when they enter your garden then they may think twice about trying. A washing up liquid bottle full of water is a good alternative to a water pistol. You could also automate your water deterrent by using a scarecrow device. This attaches to a hosepipe and features a motion sensor. When the sensor is tripped the device will deliver a water jet.
If you do try to deter cats from your garden then take care not to use anything which could injure the cats. They are not evil and are merely exhibiting a natural behaviour. If all else fails then a dog might prove to be a useful investment!