Feathered Friends

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in December near Bradworthy, Devon

As more and more of their natural habitat is reduced, our feathered friends benefit greatly from food sources that we humans leave out for them.

Providing the right habitat

You can help your garden to welcome 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.
Bird food and feeders are available to purchase from our shop.