Don’t forget our feathered friends this winter!
Setting Up Your “Bird Café”
(adapted from RSPB website)
What to feed
What not to feed
How to feed
- a hanging plastic feeder with feeding ports and perches for sunflower hearts for (mainly) finches, tits and sparrows
- a hanging mesh feeder with peanuts for (mainly) tits
- a hanging mesh feeder with fat balls for (mainly) tits and sparrows.
The next step up is a nyger seed feeder for goldfinches (although they love sunflower hearts too), a ground feeder or bird table with an oat/fruit/fatty nibbles mix for robins and blackbirds.
Where to feed
Place the feeders high enough so they are out of reach of ground predators like cats. They should be a couple of metres away from thick cover like bushes, so that small birds can beat a hasty retreat from aerial predators such as sparrowhawks.
If you don’t get any visitors, try a different location.
Move the feeders to different locations over the course of a year so that you don’t get a build-up of debris underneath.
Keeping it healthy
- Make sure the foods are kept in rodent-proof storage bins
- Clean your feeders. Unhygienic feeding stations can quickly transmit diseases between birds, so clean your feeders and bird tables regularly. Wash them down with a mild disinfectant and hot water, rinsing them fully and drying them out before filling them back up with food
- Clear up under your feeders – you don’t want a problem with rodents at night.