Types of Food
There are lots of different types of food available for garden birds, so how do you know which one to use? Different food offer alternative nutrients and energy sources and attract different species of bird into your garden. Use a variety of food types to bring additional wildlife into your garden.
Peanuts: traditional food, popular with a wide variety of species of garden birds. Peanuts are high in essential protein and provide a high energy source of fats and oils.
Mixed Seed: A mixed seed blend will provide a variety of seeds, attracting multiple bird species into your garden, while also providing a mix of nutrients. Suitable for year-round feeding.
Nyjer Seed: This oil rich seed is of a very small size, and is popular with Goldfinches and Siskins, amongst other birds. High in energy Nyjer seed provided a much needed boost during colder weather.
Sunflower Seeds: an energy rich food source popular with many species
Sunflower Hearts: the husk of the sunflower is removed to reveal the sunflower heart perfect for birds that need a high energy food source with minimum effort.
Fat Balls & Suet Treats: Fat based foods provide a source of energy for birds which is much needed particularly in colder weather where food can be scarce. Often supplemented with seeds, peanuts, berries and meal-worm, fat balls and suet treats will attract many species of bird into your garden.
Meal-worm: Rich in protein, meal-worm are perfect for supplementing the diets of insect eating birds. Especially important in cold weather when grounds are frozen and access to natural sources can be difficult.