Wild Bird Seed - tips and tricks

This is where we make a note of any ideas, tips or devices we have discovered or invented which help in some way with feeding wild birds.

One thing I have noticed is that an old apple, cut in two and left on a lawn will feed many birds. As well as being a food source, it is also a source of moisture when available ground water is scarce such as when frozen in winter. Very soon, you will find the two halves perfectly pecked out, leaving just a shell of skin behind.

Providing quiet places where shy birds can feed isn't the best idea for taking photographs, but it helps those birds get nourishment when they may shy away from more public places. Wrens are just such a shy bird, and like to quietly walk about among leaves and undergrowth hunting for insects. You may occasionally see this tiny British native bird, but only if you keep very still so as not to alarm it. The wren is the commonest British bird, possibly because they are so quiet and unobtrusive.

Bird boxes [nest boxes] fixed on walls are a welcome to tits and swallows, and even sparrows. Make a new box more inviting with some fine grass bedding poked in the hole so it looks used. To a bird, a previously used nest is a well-tried nest, so assumed safe. They aren't like humans, attracted to the brand new!

Birds can be attracted to your garden if you plant food bearing plants, trees, and bushes, which not only provide food, but they also provide wild birds with security. The Black Cherry is the most popular choice among birds seeking food, but any fruit trees will be popular, even dwarf varieties in tubs. Ivy and honeysuckle attract lots of insects so are popular hangouts for insect-eating wild birds.

Bird drinking and bathing

We don't recommend you do this to a medieval font, but it just shows that the most unlikely objects can have other uses!

This medieval church font is now outside and, filled by rainwater, provides a drink to any passing bird.

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