10 Tips For Feeding Your Garden Birds

10 Tips for feeding your garden birds

About two thirds of all households in Britain feed their garden birds at some stage of the year. Follow these simple tips and after a short time you should be attracting more birds and different species.
1. Use a bird table for putting out kitchen scraps such as animal fats, grated cheese, over ripe fruit and soaked dried fruit, rice, bread crumbs and non-salty bacon. You can also put out nuts and high calorie seed mixes. Avoid putting out raw meat and vegetables which birds will find difficult to digest and which will attract pests.

2. Hang bird feeders filled with black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, sunflower-rich mixes and  peanuts.


3. If the food takes a few days to clear from your bird table or the ground then reduce the amount of food offered so it does not go off.

4. Place your feeders and bird table no more than 2 metres from a shrub, fence or tree so the birds have somewhere to escape to if threatened by predators.

5. Fat blocks or fat rubbed into the barks of trees will attract many species including wrens, treecreepers, goldcrests and woodpeckers.

6. Make sure you clean your bird table and bird feeders regularly to ensure food particles and droppings do not build up. This will minimize the risk of disease.

7. Berry-bearing trees and shrubs such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, honeysuckle and ivy will not only provide fruit for birds to feed on but they will also provide somewhere for them to shelter and nest and attract insects for the birds to eat.

8. Cultivated and wild flowering plants such as sunflowers, evening primrose, teasel and shepherd’s purse provide seeds and will attract insects. Leave the stems long to give shelter in the winter and then cut down early in the spring.

9. Let your lawn grow slightly longer. If possible leave areas of grass at different heights to optimise food potential for birds. Leave a patch of long grass in the winter for shelter.

10. Put out a fresh supply of water every day – use a large dish, an upturned dustbin lid, a bird bath or you could even build a pond if you have the space. If it is very cold use tepid water.

What to do with your pond this month

pond

 

There are many beautiful plants which enjoy a damp spot, such as Iris ensata ‘Katy Mendez’, left. Tidy and mulch with composted bark or garden compost.

Thin out, cut back or divide excessive new growth on established aquatic plants. You can still plant new aquatic plants this month. Plant vigorous specimens in aquatic plant baskets to contain them. Top the surface with a layer of gravel to prevent the fish from stirring up the compost.

Begin stocking ponds with fish once new plantings have established. Avoid introducing goldfish to wildlife ponds. They will eat frogspawn and so upset the natural balance.

Remove blanket weed by twirling around a rough stick. Skim off floating weeds such as duckweed with a net. Leave weeds on the pond side for 24 hours to allow trapped creatures to return to the water before adding to the compost heap.

Pond Fish Stock List…Once they’re gone they’re gone!

fish ban

Long Nose Sturgeon 8-10” £20

Goldfish (Yellow, Gold, Comets & Shubunkins) 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £17.50 LIMITED STOCK

Goldfish 6-7” £10

Ghost Carp 4-5” £4.99

Mixed Koi 3” £4.99

Grass Carp 3-4” £3.99

Bream 4-5” £7.99

Silver Roach 4-5” £3.99 LIMITED STOCK

Mirror Carp 2-3” £3.99

Golden Tench 2” £3.99

Green Tench 2” £3.99

Chub 6-7” £14.99 LIMITED STOCK

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Best selection of fish outside of the Atlantic!

This season we have the biggest and best choice of pond fish available. We also have a team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to answer any questions you have and even catch you the fish of your choice.

Pond Fish Stock list –

  • Stickleback 1-2” £1.99 or 10 for £15.00
  • Goldfish Nova 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £17.50
  • Yellow Goldfish 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £17.50
  • Shubunkin Nova 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £17.50
  • Sarasa Comet 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £17.50
  • Yellow Goldfish 4-5” £5.99 or 10 for £50.00
  • Shubunkin Nova 4-5” £5.99 or 10 for £50.00
  • Goldfish Nova 4-5” £4.99 or 10 for £40.00
  • White Edged Sterlet 14-16″ £60.00
  • White Edged Sterlet 10-12″ £40.00
  • Mixed Koi 2-3” £3.99 or 10 for £35.00
  • Mixed Koi 4-5” £9.99
  • Ogon Koi 2-3” £2.99 or 10 for £25.00
  • Ogon Koi 8-9″ £30.00
  • Hand Selected Koi 3-4″ £9.99
  • Hand Selected Koi 8-9″ £60.00
  • Butterfly Koi 2-3” £9.99
  • Mixed Koi 14-16″ £100.00
  • Mixed Koi 12-14″ £75.00
  • Butterfly Koi 6-7″ £25.00
  • Golden Orfe 2-3” £1.99 or 10 for £10.00
  • Chub 2-3” £3.99
  • Common Grass Carp 4-5” £9.99
  • Golden Minnows 1-2″ £1.99 10 for £15
  • Golden Rudd 3-4” £5.99
Goldfish Nova 4-5” £4.99 or 10 for £40.00

Goldfish Nova 4-5” £4.99 or 10 for £40.00