What can you see? Take a look at our live webcam from the garden, and see what lands on our feeders!
All the feeders, food and poles that feature on our webcam are provided by us, for wildlife. If anything takes your fancy, have a browse below…
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What food should I choose for my garden birds?
We aim to help you select the right choice for you and your garden visitors. Different species like different foods so, as a rule of thumb, the more varieties of food you put out the greater the number of species you will attract. Did you know, for example, that Robins love mealworms, Goldfinches adore Nyjer Seed and Blue Tits have a passion for Sunflower Hearts?
Generally, birds will go for the food that offers them the best source of energy, so the higher the calories the better as far as birds are concerned. Which is why we clearly mark our foods with the calorie content (shown per 100g). We have a wide range of foods available to entice the birds and bring your garden to life.
- What type of feeder should I get for my garden?
Our comprehensive range of feeders are attractive, reasonably priced and designed by ornithologists to meet the needs of birds – and people. For example, if you want to attract Robins, why not try a mealworm feeder? If you want to feed ground feeding birds like Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Wrens, a Ground Table will help and also keeps your garden tidy. And if it’s a splash of colour you are looking for, see our Fiesta range. All are suitable for any garden, though our trials have shown that birds prefer a greater number of ports on hanging feeders – perhaps because this means more birds are on the look out for Sparrowhawks and other predators. Larger feeders require less refilling too; great for those with a busy lifestyle. However for the urban garden with restricted space, why not try a window feeder or small hanging feeder.
- Where should I put my feeder?
Garden birds are very vulnerable to attack when feeding and feel safer if they can quickly escape into protective cover should predators be nearby. So the closer to thick shrubs, hedges or trees you site your feeder, the more likely they are to use it. If you have cats in the neighbourhood however, avoid low-lying cover below the feeder where ground feeding birds may well forage on spilt seed, to reduce the chances of an ambush.
- How do I keep Squirrels and larger birds off my feeders?
Fitting a Feeder Guardian should keep most squirrels and large birds, such as pigeons and crows, off your feeders. Virtually nothing is 100% squirrel proof, but our Guardians will certainly help deter them.
- Why won’t the birds use my new feeder?
It may simply be because it’s new and unfamiliar. Make sure it is sited in a ‘safe zone’ – see the tips above – and wait two or three weeks until the birds accept it. You will have more success with new feeders if you put them out between November and March when food is generally scarcer and it may also help to leave old feeders in place until the birds are used to the new one.
- I would like to put up a nest box for my garden birds, where should I site it for best results?
The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.
If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.
A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.
- I’m having trouble viewing the cameras?
Visitors sometimes experience technical problems when trying to view the live stream cameras. A multi-lingual message usually appears on the camera display if we are aware of the issues. Please be patient, we will try and get the feeds back up and running as soon as we can.