Feathered Friends

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in December near Bradworthy, Devon

As more and more of their natural habitat disappears, our feathered friends benefit greatly from food that we humans are able to give them.

Providing the right habitat

You can make your garden a welcoming haven for a wide variety of birds using insect-friendly planting, providing structures for perching, and supplementing their natural diet.

Slugs, snails, worms and other insects are a fantastic natural food source for robins and other small garden birds. You could help the birds by creating a bug hotel in your garden. Planting fruiting trees and bushes would also be helpful as the birds like to fill up on berries when they can.

How you can help

You can increase the likelihood of survival by adding to their natural diet with food such as suet balls, peanuts and seed mixes. The winter months are tough for little birds such as finches, tits and robins as their natural food sources are greatly reduced.

The colourful goldfinch loves seeds
Goldfinch in ahedge on Dunstable Downs
The colourful goldfinch loves seeds

The food that you provide gives the adult birds the energy they need to build nests during the spring. Parent birds will teach their fledglings where to go to find the best food sources.

It is very important that all your bird feeding items, such as tables and feeders, are cleaned regularly to prevent contamination and disease. There are special antiseptics available for this purpose as a normal household one is far too strong for wild birds.

Everything you need to help wild birds
Bird accoutrements in NT shop at Dunstable Downs
Everything you need to help wild birds

Bird food and feeders are available to purchase from our shop.