Wildlife Foods and Feeders For The Wildlife Garden
Providing a variety of wildlife foods is one of the simplest
and most effective ways to coax wildlife into our garden.
How much variety is determined by what wildlife there
is locally and what we would like to attract.
We should never discount the surprise visitor though!
Unbeknown to us a Fox was using our garden as a cut through and seemed to enjoy picking up a few tit bits that had fallen to the ground from the fat balls put out for the birds.
Keep A Garden Bird Feeder Topped Up
High energy foods are especially needed during severe winter conditions. Putting out household scraps that do not contain salt can also help with our bird feeding budget.
Kitchen surplus such as baked potatoes that have been cut open, cake, grated mild cheese, fruit including soaked dried fruit can be used to stock a garden bird feeder.
As much as possible keep the supply of wildlife foods constant. It's best to do this daily with only enough
food for that day so as not to encourage rats.
If we do choose to provide bread as food for birds, breaking it up into small crumbs and making sure it's moist would help prevent any harm happening to the birds we're feeding.
There is a special need for caution when it's nesting season
Chicks need nutritious food they can swallow and digest, otherwise they may choke or become malnourished to the
point of starvation. So think of the Chicks needs at this time.
With everything between a simple hopper bird feeder to
state of the art bird feeding stations to choose from we
might wonder where to start.
Our approach is to start cheap and see what works
before spending more than we need to on feeders.
We can purchase for less than £3 a simple wire mesh feeder supplied full of peanuts or a seed feeder, supplied without
any seeds from reputable suppliers.
This approach leaves more to spend on wildlife foods which
is what helps keep attracting the birds to our gardens as well
as other surprise visitors.
Observing Feeding Birds
When considering putting wildlife feeders in our
gardens most of us choose to hang a garden
bird feeder somewhere in view from the house.
Another popular option is have one situated near
a secluded seating area so that we can observe
feeding birds without disturbing them.