Wild Bird Feeding advice

Feeding Guide

The modern approach to garden bird feeding is to use a range of foods that support the specific nutritional requirements of a wide range of species over the course of a year. There is scientific evidence highlighting the positive effects that the provision of supplementary food can have on birds. For example, the provision of supplementary food has been shown to improve overwinter survival in a number of species. 

Only put out 1 - 2 days food at a time - remove old uneaten food to avoid attracting pests and the build up of bacteria.

To avoid a build up of bacteria, moulds or toxins relocate feeding stations regularly.

Provide fresh food in the mornings as birds will have gone many hours without food.

Always ensure there is clean water available for drinking and ideally somewhere for them to bathe.

Feed throughout the whole year, especially during breeding, nesting and fledgling periods.


Feeding throughout the year is recommended by conservation organisations, as it is not just during the winter that birds are under stress. If you are going away on holiday, then reduce the amount of food provided in the days leading up to your departure so the birds don't find that their favoured resource has suddenly disappeared.

Please remember that birds need water as well as food and we encourage everyone to provide a source of water, either a bird bath or garden pond. If you have a bird bath in your garden, we ask that you clean it regularly, to reduce the chances of disease transmission.  

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Providing food for birds is one of the most enjoyable pastimes and knowing which food to offer and where the bird likes to eat, can increase the number of birds visiting your garden and your enjoyment feeding them. We have in excess of 570 bird species living in the UK and each of them has a special diet and feeding preferences.  

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