Whether you are new to birdwatching or already a keen bird spotter, we are committed to making attracting and feeding birds affordable and simple; it truly is an easy and rewarding hobby for all to enjoy.
There’s an estimated 10,000 species of birds globally and currently 598 species in the UK alone. The key to attracting beautiful wild birds into every garden is finding the right food. Every garden is unique and it’ll take time to see which sustenance yields the best results.
Below we offer some expert advice to help bring more life into your garden. Whilst we can’t promise you’ll attract every different species; with a little patience in finding the right food and shelter, you’ll see more varieties of our feathered friends in your garden, in no time!
Nature needs our help more than ever. As more and more of our woodland, hedgerows and green belt land is built upon and farmland becomes more commercialised, birds and wildlife are forced to seek alternative natural habitats. They are reliant upon us to provide safe places to feed, breed and nest in order to survive or more species will sadly face extinction.
GIVE THEM SHELTER/ NESTING / BREEDING SITES
As nesting sites are increasingly hard for birds to find, providing them with artificial shelters gives them a safe, reliable ongoing alternative. Bird boxes are a great way to attract birds year-on-year, as they search for places to breed, raise their fledglings and return to.
MAKE THEM FEEL AT HOME
Although there are approximately 24 million gardens in the UK, they certainly all don’t attract birds and other wildlife equally. Birds actually prefer untidy and unkempt gardens reminiscent of their natural habitat. Small changes can make a big difference to the amount of different birds you’ll attract. Try creating a designated wild area that you leave uncut or leave dead heads on plants so that birds can pick out the seeds. Try to resist the urge to clear up all the leaves in autumn; birds love searching in them for tasty and nutritious snacks like insects and minibeasts.
Birds really appreciate being fed. As well as helping them, it enables you to watch them up-close, observe their behaviour, identify what species they are and photograph them easily. By putting out their favourite food, you can easily attract more species and encourage them to return to you. Your garden will be even more tempting by planting shrubs which have seeds, berries and fruit. These provide great nesting sites and breeding grounds for bugs. Even if an adult bird is a seed eater, birds feed their young on insects and other minibeasts. We are often asked by our customers to recommend seed mixes and whilst we always try to help, every garden and the birds that visit is different. We’ve found that the best way to choose the right bird food for your garden, is to purchase small amounts of different mixes and see which your birds prefer. Our seed pick “n” mix offer is a great cost-effective way of trialling each of them; we have also tried to help make your selection easier by adding a drop-down menu that you can refine by species, at the side of our products. Our wide variety of wild bird seed mixes are suitable for feeding from seed feeders, tables or on the ground. Birds can also be enticed by placing their food on or in specially designed bird feeders. These help to prevent potential predators (such as cats, squirrels and foxes), make it easier for them to locate their food and dependent on the type chosen can ward off more aggressive or larger breeds. Our wide range of feeders will help introduce new species into your garden; we provide solutions for every garden size, budget and feed type. Some people only feed birds in winter but seed-eating birds, such as chaffinches and greenfinches, enjoy being offered a supply of seeds throughout the year.
THE DREADED WINTER TIME
Birds rely on us to sustain their numbers all year round but especially in winter. It is their most difficult time, when their natural food sources are low, insects are in hibernation and fruit, berries and seeds are in short supply. If there is an especially cold spell, with ice or snow, birds are forced to migrate from forests into urban areas, in a desperate attempt to find food. On the plus side, this means you will see more birds and different species than usual. Fortunately, most birds will eat foods that we can easily supply. Choose food sources that are high in fat and provide birds with the energy they need, to help them survive the tough winter months. It’s also important to use a good quality bird feeder, that is safe from predators, who are also desperate for food and can withstand the elements. In winter, mornings and late afternoons are the most important times to feed birds, so provide a selection of nuts, seeds and fat to help them survive the long cold nights. It’s imperative to keep a supply of backup bird food in case of severe weather. We offer fast delivery, all year round to help ensure you never run out when birds need you the most.
KEEP IT CHEMICAL FREE
We don't recommend the use of pesticides and chemicals in your garden. Using them to get rid of bugs, slugs and snails is not only dangerous to your family and pets but can poison birds, if they consume the poisoned creature. Birds will naturally help control pests; thrushes enjoy munching on snails and blue tits enjoy eating aphids.
DON’T FORGET THE DRINKS
Just like us; birds need to stay hydrated. We highly recommend providing a source of water for your feathered friends to drink from in your garden; whether a pond, water fountain or a specially designed raised bird bath. Make sure you keep it topped up in spells of hot weather and break any ice that forms in winter.
Here at Soar Mill Seeds, we are passionate about our feathered friends and it gives us real pleasure to know that we are not only helping birds thrive but also bringing enjoyment to our customers. We really appreciate your custom (as do your birds!) and we’d love to hear about your success stories and top tips of how to attract and care for the wild visitors to your garden. Please send them to us and don’t forget to share any photos you take of your feathered friends or any wildlife too.