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Bird Feeder Guide

Picking the right bird feeder can be difficult. There's a lot of choice so to help you decide we've put together this short handy guide of the best bird feeders from Garden Wildlife Direct. Take a look at our other guides here.

Seed Feeders

Seed feeders come in two varieties 'hopper' and 'port'. Hopper feeders work by having a seed tray at the bottom of the feeder for the birds to feed from. Port feeders have access ports up the tube with perches for the birds to access the food.

Ideal foods: Sunflower hearts, black sunflower hearts, sunflower heart chips, all seed mixes

Perfect for: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Starling, Long-Tailed Tit, Siskin and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round

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Jacobi Jayne Ring Pull Feeder

Jacobi Jayne Ring Pull Feeder

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Essentials Wild Bird Seed Feeder

Essentials Wild Bird Seed Feeder

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Brome Squirrel Proof Feeder

Brome Squirrel Proof Feeder

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Peanut Feeders

jacobi jayne ring pull feeder

Peanut feeders almost always have wire mesh on the feeders, making them easy to identify. Simply fill up the feeder and the birds will land anywhere on the mesh and peck at the peanuts.

Ideal foods: Peanuts, split peanuts

Perfect for: Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Long-Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin, Starling and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round. Do not feed whole peanuts loose during fledgling season, otherwise you run the risk of fledglings choking on the peanuts.

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prestige flick n click feeder

Flick n Click Peanut Feeder

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Essentials Wild Bird Peanut Feeder

Essentials Wild Bird Peanut Feeder

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Brome Squirrel Proof Feeder

Brome Squirrel Proof Feeder

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Niger Seed Feeders

niger seed feeders

Niger seed (sometimes known as Thistle Seed or Nyger seed) is tiny, but certain birds absolutely love it. If you want to see more finches, then a niger seed feeder is the way to go. As the seed is so small, it won't work in a normal feeder (the seed will just pour out of the ports), so you'll have to buy a special niger seed feeder. Luckily, we stock these feeders from £4.49 and you can get a pre-filled feeder to test it out from just £3.49.

Ideal foods: Niger seed, pre-filled niger seed feeder

Perfect for: Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll, Siskin and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round.

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Flick n Click Niger Feeder

Flick n Click Niger Feeder

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Essentials Wild Bird Nyger Feeder

Essentials Wild Bird Nyger Feeder

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Squirrel Buster Niger Seed Feeder

Squirrel Buster Niger Seed Feeder

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Squirrel Proof Feeders

brome squirrel buster

Squirrels are well known for trying their best to get a free meal and who can blame them? But when you've spent your hard earned money on bird food expecting to see birds in your garden, most people don't want to see squirrels eating it.

You'll be able to find squirrel proof versions of most of the feeders we have on our website. Typically squirrel proof feeders come in three types; caged feeders, feeders with spring loaded feeder ports and squirrel baffles.

Caged Feeders, such as the excellent Nuttery feeders, add a cage so the squirrels can't get to the food. This is an excellent option, although it adds some bulk and you may find juvenile squirrels still get through.

Spring Loaded Feeders such as those from Brome detect the weight of squirrels and close the feeding ports. This works well, however the lighter juvenile squirrels might still get to the food.

Squirrel Baffles such as the popular Tom Chambers Squirrel Baffle, are add-ons to your existing feeders. They work by making it more difficult for squirrels to climb onto a bird feeding station from below or above.

They're all effective methods and better suited to different situations, although you may still get a few juvenile squirrels.

Ideal foods: Available for most food types. Refer to each feeder for supported food types.

Perfect for: Smaller birds

When to use: Perfect all year round.

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Brome Squirrel Buster Mini Feeder

Brome Squirrel Buster Mini Feeder

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Squirrel Guard Nut Feeder

Squirrel Guard Nut Feeder

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Brome Squirrel Buster Seed Feeder

Brome Squirrel Buster Seed Feeder

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Fat/Suet Feeders

fat ball feeder

These feeders are typically supplied in a cage and hung from branches or a dining station. Different types exist for the different types of suet product, the main differences being shape and size. Peanut Butter feeders are also very popular due to how easy they are to use. Take a look at our Flutter Butter range here.

Ideal foods: Suet balls, suet blocks, suet pellets

Perfect for: Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Robin, Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Thrush, Wren, Blackbird and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round, but favoured in the colder Autumn and Winter months.

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Flick n Click Fat Ball Feeder

Flick n Click Fat Ball Feeder

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Springy Spiral Fat Ball Feeder

Springy Spiral Fat Ball Feeder

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Flutter Butter Peanut Feeders

Flutter Butter Peanut Feeders

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Window Feeders

window bird feeders

If you live in a flat, or just want to see the birds up close, window feeders are great. Be aware that if the window you want to put it on isn't close to foliage or somewhere the birds can hide, then it may take them a while to start using it consistently. They're a relatively cheap and easy way to see the birds all around your home.

Ideal foods: Sunflower hearts, suet balls, mealworms, peanuts, seed mixes

Perfect for: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Robin and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round.

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Chalet Window Feeder

Chalet Window Feeder

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Jacobi Jayne Fat Ball Feeder

Jacobi Jayne Fat Ball Feeder

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UpClose Window Feeder

UpClose Window Feeder

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Ground Feeders

ground bird feeders

Some birds like to feed from the ground rather than from hanging feeders. While you'll sometimes see them searching for scraps at the bottom of your feeders, it's often nice to see them tucking into their own food. Ground Feeders come as a simple tray, or with a cage to stop squirrels or predators such as cats getting at the birds while they feed.

Ideal foods: Sunflower hearts, suet balls, mealworms, peanuts, seed mixes

Perfect for: Chaffinch, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Dunnock, House Sparow, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Song Thrush, Starling, Wren and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round.

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Peckish Metal Ground Feeder Tray

Peckish Metal Ground Feeder Tray

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Gardman Ground Feeding Tray

Gardman Ground Feeding Tray

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Archway Ground Feeder

Archway Ground Feeder

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Mealworm Feeders

mealworm feeders

Mealworms are a great source of energy and protein for wild birds. They're an extremely versatile and well loved food source, attracting a wide range of birds. We have both dried and live mealworms available (live mealworms are only available via telephone orders). As a bonus, you can rehydrate the dried mealworms in water before feeding to garden birds for a tasty treat.

Ideal foods: Mealworms

Perfect for: Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Starling, Wren and more.

When to use: Perfect all year round.

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I Love Robins Feeder

I Love Robins Feeder

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Pre filled Mealworm Feeder

Pre-filled Mealworm Feeder

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Supa Mealworm Feeder With Tray

Supa Mealworm Feeder With Tray

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