As more and more of the British countryside becomes eroded away by housing and industry developments, our wild bird natural food sources are becoming depleted. The result is a greater reliance on humans for the provision of food particularly during the winter months.
The Grumpy Gardener bird feeding station allows you to encourage a variety of species by offering a range of different food types at any one time. This means you can support the nutritional requirements of a wide range of wild bird species.
According to the BTO (British Trust of Ornithology) the types of food we should offer our garden birds are:
When feeding birds try to put out just enough to meet the requirements of the average number of daily visitors. Putting too much out could lead to food going mouldy or attracting unwelcome rodents.
The BTO and the RSPB both advocate that we feed birds throughout the year. Each season has it’s own demands on bird life so keep encouraging them into your garden. Feeding birds in spring can help birds to raise their chicks more successfully. In Autumn migratory birds need to build-up reserves. The cold, short days of winter making foraging for food more difficult. Small garden birds need to consume 30% of their total body weight per day to survive.
The Grumpy Gardener bird feeding station stands 1.9m high. It includes a feeder for fatballs, a feeder for peanuts and one for mixed seeds. It also includes a mesh feeding dish for mealworms and a plastic water tray.
The bird feeding station can be positioned anywhere in your garden where birds can easily see any approaching predators. The Woodland Trust advocates that “if you can it is worth moving bird tables and feeders around the garden every now and then. This will reduce the build-up if bird mess”, which could encourage disease or unwelcome visitors to your garden.
Happy bird feeding! I am sure garden birds appreciate our food offerings and desire to keep them well nourished.
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