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There’s a whole range of different food mixes on the market, but these are the four mixes I primarily use on the garden feeders. Each of these have different elements that are perfect for different seasons.
Regular Mix – go to mix for all tube feeders throughout the year.
High Energy Mix – ideal for table and flat surfaced feeders particularly during the spring and autumn for migrationary birds and fledglings.
Table Mix – perfect for table and flat surfaced feeders as this is a large mix which won’t suit tube feeders. These mixes differ but why not add your own elements for different seasons?
No-mess High Energy – perfect for spring and autumn months including fledgling season, this mix is ideal for tube feeders and ground mixes. The no-mess means you won’t have any seedlings germinating in and around your feeders.
Why not try fat balls, suet blocks and flutter butter in your garden too!
Likewise with food, the world of feeders can be just as confusing! Here are some basic feeders that you can look at incorporating into your garden.
Table Feeder – Great for larger birds and those with flat feed such as thrushes, you can use table mixes or high energy mixes on these.
Peanut Feeder – Primarily used for peanuts, you can also put suet pellets in these for the winter months. These are great for Woodpeckers, tits and nuthatches.
Fat-ball Feeder – Used for fat balls, but also great for suet logs. These are a firm favourite for tits, starlings, corvids and woodpeckers.
Tube Feeders – the classic feeders for gardens! Have a look at the port landing platforms as long sticks are great for finches and tits whereas the disks are great for robins, tits and finches with some larger birds can also use these.
There are many different varieties of the above feeders, a variety of feeders and food will attract a variety of species.
What Nest Boxes?
Boxes have a way of attracting different species, the shapes and sizes determine what species can and will be attracted to your boxes.
Blackbird Platform – Focused on Blackbirds mainly but these platforms also attract Pied Wagtails, thrushes such as Song and Robins. These can be located in ivy, in sheds, or in thick trees.
Sparrow Terrace – the classic House Sparrow box! A large box with three compartments for the communal nesting Sparrows to nest.
Robin Box – Open fronted boxes are targeted mainly for Robins but Wagtails and Wrens will also attempt to use these. Can be located on any wall, fence or tree.
Holed Box – Different holes are for different species, c.26mm for Blue Tit, Tree Sparrow, c.32mm for Great Tit, Flycatchers, Marsh Tit. There are different styles but ultimately the hole determines your targeted species, these can also be placed anywhere in your garden!
Ensure your nest boxes are at least 5ft off the ground, ideally with no flat surface around to avoid cats. Face your box between north and east with a clear flight path to and from the box.
Find out more information in the book!
The book is filled with detailed information for planting, nest boxes, feeders and food for attracting a variety of birds to your garden.