Ingredients for wild bird food

Additional Information

We source our wild bird food from British farmers and British manufacturers.


Where possible we buy locally grown ingredients that are processed, cleaned and packaged in accredited facilities.


Quality control is very important to us and we buy products that have been cleaned and tested in line with industry standards.


Our rang of feeds include but are not limited to: Red Dari, Naked Oats, Sunflower Hearts, Red Millet, Yellow Millet, Nyjer seed, Canary seed, Suet Pellets, Pinhead Oatmeal, Hempseed, Kibbled Maize, Flaked Wheat, Linseed.


Our Natural seeds range includes Black Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Hearts, Nyjer Seeds and Peanuts.


We also stock a fantastic range of high quality Energy balls and Suet pellets.


Different Ingredients VS Energy Levels


Low Energy: Wheat, Oats, Maize, Red Dari

Medium Energy: Nyjer seed, Millet

Medium/High Energy: Peanuts, Black Sunflower Seeds

High Energy: Sunflower Hearts, Safflower seed, Linseed


Black Sunflower Seeds

Black sunflower seed was introduced in the early 1990s and revolutionised bird feeding by providing a high energy food in a readily accessible form. Black sunflower seeds have thinner husks than the more traditional striped sunflower seeds and so are easily to split open. Black sunflower seeds are a favourite of Greenfinches and tits, though they may be shunned if sunflower hearts are available nearby. 


Sunflower Hearts

Sunflower hearts are more expensive than black sunflower seeds but they have two advantages. First, the birds can feed more quickly because they do not have to remove the husk. Second, the lack of the husk means that there is no husks left behind on the ground after the birds have had their fill.


Seed Mixes

Seed mixes come in a vast range, differing in content and quality. Cheap mixes often have a high proportion of cereal. These larger grains are favoured by sparrows and pigeons. Better quality mixes have a lower cereal content and so are particularly suitable for finches and buntings. The best mixes are carefully balanced to cater for a range of species. Some now contain added suet pellets, fruit or pieces of mealworm.


Peanuts

Peanuts are high in oils and proteins and have been used for feeding birds form many decades. Always buy good quality peanuts from a reputable source and avoid any that show any signs of mould. Peanuts are best supplied behind a wire mesh so that a bird cannot take a whole peanut away. Keep you peanuts in a cool and dry environment.


Nyger

Nyger, sometimes seen spelt nyjer or sold as 'thistle' seed, is a relatively new addition to the bird feeding market and it is one that initially found favour with Goldfinches - which seemed to like the small size of these seeds. Because these seeds are so small they have to be supplied in a specially adapted feeder. They are oil rich and ideal for birds with delicate bills. There is some suggestion that Goldfinches now favour sunflower hearts, only moving onto the nyger when competition on other feeders is great. However, this may just be a local effect.


Mealworms

Mealworms are not worms but the larval stage of a beetle. It is the larvae of the Yellow Mealworm Tenebrio molitor that are used widely as food for wild birds, as well as captive birds, reptiles and amphibians. A great source of protein and fat.