Which birds eat sunflower seeds? A better question might be which birds don’t! Sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are a real favourite for garden birds including blue tits, sparrows, dunnocks, collared doves finches and more. When it comes to choosing sunflower seeds for garden birds there are several options available. In this article, we are going to look at which to choose and how and when to offer them.
In winter our garden birds face a double whammy of challenges: it’s cold, so they need more food to keep up their energy and fat reserves. And at the same time, there is much less food around: plants are bare, flying insects have vanished, and worms are buried in frozen ground. The food we provide is crucial at this time of year, so let’s look at what to feed garden birds in winter.
The more bird feeders you have the more birds you can attract to your garden by offering a greater variety of food and more “tables” in your garden bird restaurant. There are plenty of bird feeders available to buy (we sell some lovely ones ourselves!) But making your own can be fun too: so here are some of our favourite DIY bird feeder projects – enjoy!
The Crow or Corvid family worldwide is made up of around 40 species, with eight species breeding in the UK. Crows have been classed as nuisance birds, blamed for destroying crops and predating smaller, endangered songbirds. Reviled and associated with death in folklore. On the other hand, they are some of our most intelligent and long-lived birds, highly sociable birds with fascinating behaviours.
Did you know a group of goldfinches is called a “charm”? With its bright feathers, lovely song and entertaining antics there could hardly be a better name for these fabulous little birds. In this article, we are going to take an in-depth look at the European goldfinch: where and when to see them and how to attract them to your garden.
Birds of Prey are some of the most majestic wildlife we have here in the UK. In the late 20th century many species were driven to the brink of extinction. But fantastic conservation efforts up and down the country mean that many of our hawks, falcons, kites and owls are thriving once again. Here’s our guide to some of the species you might spot when you are out and about, or even gazing at the sky above your garden.
Starlings are supremely gregarious and sociable birds who spend much of the year living in large flocks. If one of these flocks descends on your bird feeders or decides to roost in your garden you might be looking for ways to move them along. But in the UK starling numbers have fallen by up to 80% since the 1980s. They are red-listed for conservation purposes and legally protected. So should you learn to love starlings? And what steps can you legally take to deter them?
Although some birds moult throughout the year, August is prime moulting time for UK garden birds. It’s after the breeding season, before migration (for those that do) and the weather tends to be warm, so a lack of feathers isn’t quite so much of a problem. The moult is a challenging time for our birds, so let’s find out a bit more about the process and who we can support them through it.
Gardeners are always happy to see insect-eating birds. Anything that helps control the black fly, aphids and caterpillars which can ruin our flowers and munch through young veg is welcome. But insect and invertebrate numbers in drastic decline, our insectivorous birds can struggle to find the food they need to survive. So let’s take a look at which birds eat insects in our gardens and how can we help them.