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Some simple advice on bird feeding & hygiene

To print & pin on your notice board for reference:


The Garden Bird Feeding Year

 Winter: November - March


  • Suet and lard. Fat is 'high energy' food which helps birds build up and maintain the reserves they need for the cold weather


  • Peanuts - broken up so they don't choke baby birds

  • Black sunflower seeds

  • Sunflower hearts

  • Nyjer seeds

  • Millet

  • Flaked maize

  • Pinhead oatmeal

Make up mixes of fat and seeds in small ceramic dishes to put on the birdtable


Cooked potatoes

Cooked rice

Currants, raisins and sultanas

Fruit - half eaten or bruised too

Grated cheese




 Summer: April - October

             High protein foods for while birds are mating, nest building, incubating, feeding chicks and also moulting and preparing to migrate:  

  • Black sunflower seeds

  • Pinhead oatmeal

  • Water soaked currants, sultanas & raisins

  • Grated cheese

  • Mealworms

  • Waxworms

  • Fruit

  • Seed mixes without peanuts - Peanuts should only be fed in feeders with small mesh or as granules, so birds cannot take whole nuts on which their young would choke.


Try to establish a feeding routine, your birds will learn when to come to the table.

Remember to top up your bird bath, the water evaporates in windy and warm weather

as well as when it is hot.

For more detailed information, please click on this link to the RSPB website

for comprehensive advice on what it is safe to feed birds.

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The risk of your garden birds getting diseases is low, but to avoid all risk -

 Keep Feeders, Tables and Bird Baths clean.
01491 825494 

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