Bird Food

Passer domesticus House Sparrow ©Gareth Williams Website
Feed the birds…

Bird feed suppliers seem to have grown exponentially in the two decades that Fatbirder has been on line. More retailers and on-line sellers makes for more variety, more competitive prices and a growing awareness of conservation all of which has to be good news.

There is still a range of quality of course, but even our  supermarkets and pet-food chain stores seem to be offering purpose produced feed rather than by-products and food not considered fit for humans as was the case in the bad old days.

It is easier to target certain species of garden bird now instead of having to accept the multi-purpose offerings of the past. What is more, you can experiment yourselves as many on-line sources offer to mix feed to your specification as well as sell all sorts of individual grains and a wide variety of suet based offerings.

I have generally found that mixed seed is less attractive than feeders filled with a single seed such as sunflower hearts or nyjer. Currently, our most popular offering is suet pellets. Nearly all species seem to favour this above any other offering, probably because it is such a high-energy food.

In the UK twenty million households feed their garden birds, which means two thirds of the population cares enough to spend their hard-earned cash on feathered visitors. Some still offer table scraps but most hang feeders as these bring in birds who pose nicely for the viewer.

Fatbirder advertises for a number of firms and runs trials of their offerings too. Our current supplier is ‘Love Garden Birds’ who sponsor this page. Over the coming months you will see front page reviews of the feed and feeders they supply.

This page is sponsored by Love Garden Birds

Useful Information
  • A quick guide to sensible bird-feeding

    Article
    Having wild creatures visit our homes is a privilege. We feed them for our own sake, not for theirs. To attract birds and other wild creatures to your garden, plant vegetation native to your area, and, if you want to offer birds additional food, here are some practical guidelines you should follow.
  • ABC

    Article
    Yes, it's OK to feed wild birds in your garden – as long as it's the right food. Many Australians feed wild birds in their gardens, yet the practice is discouraged by many bird groups and governments.
  • Attracting Particular Birds

    Webpage
    By means of such methods as feeding birds, providing nest boxes and gardening for birds, a wide range of species can be attracted. If it is desired to persuade particular types of birds to visit a garden, specific measures can be taken to cater for the ones concerned. Some of these ideas are mentioned here.
  • Bill Oddie's Bird Food Recipes

    Article
    More than half the adult population in the UK are putting out bird food in their gardens for wild birds. Feeding garden birds high-quality bird food helps nature conservation and it's very rewarding for we humans. It's the perfect way to get the kids or grandkids enthusiastic about wildlife. "When it comes to what food to choose,' says Bill Oddie 'birds benefit from better quality, just like we do.' And that's why all of Bill's high-quality foods are clean, fresh and safe for birds.
Other Links
  • Ark Wildlife Ltd. [UK]

    Website
    UK - Bird Food, Feeders, Wildlife Supplies
  • Birdola [USA]

    Website
    Makers of seedcakes etc
  • BrinVale Bird Foods [UK]

    Website
    Here at Brinvale Birds Foods we farm, manufacture and sell some of the highest quality wild bird food and bird seeds online. Because we manufacture we are able to offer a wide range of bird seed mixes, sunflower hearts, peanuts, and other wildlife food at a fair price all year round. We both have a keen interest in the welfare of wildlife and thoroughly enjoy attracting and watching the birds on our farm in the Vale of Belvoir Leicestershire.
  • British Bird Food [UK]

    Website
    British Bird Food is a family run company, in the wild bird seed and garden bird feeder market. Founded in 2008, Our aim is to provide an informative and reliable website, with excellent customer service, and products at great prices that exceed customer expectations, for example our seed mixes for wild birds are the best quality and price. We are developing exclusive wild bird foods and we always have suet products, straight seeds, seed mixes and feeders and expanding our range of wildlife products and bird food accessories according to our customer's needs and feedback.
  • CJ WildBird Foods [Irish Republic]

    Website
    CJ WildBird Foods have 20 years experience offering a wide range of high-quality products to help you attract, feed, identify and care for wild birds and other wildlife in your garden…
  • CJ Wildbird Food [UK]

    Website
    The CJ Wildlife range of bird foods have been created by our very own researchers and ornithologists using the highest quality ingredients available, so you can be sure you are doing the very best for your garden birds when you buy our food.
  • Chirpy Bird Foods [UK]

    Website
    Chirpy Bird Food is a fresh, new and exciting brand, completely different to any other bird food product on the market. The range features high quality ingredients guaranteed to appeal to a wide array of garden birds.
  • Country Corner

    Website
    Wild Bird Food & Treats
  • Farbrook Farm Wild Bird Food [UK]

    Website
    High-quality UK suppliers of bird seed and bird food. Buy Bird food, bird seed, fat balls, suet pellets, bird feeders and much more from Farbrook Farm!
  • Food 4 Wildbirds [UK]

    Website
    Food4wildbirds is an on-line retail business selling a comprehensive range of wild bird foods, seeds, nuts, suet treats & feeders. Order on line and have your goods delivered direct to your door. We pride ourselves on offering a fast, efficient and friendly service.
  • Garden Wildlife Direct [UK]

    Website
    The team here at Garden Wildlife Direct are dedicated to making caring for your garden wildlife an affordable interest. With a comprehensive selection of foods, feeders and habitats, you can start to look after a wide variety of the UK’s best loved creatures from the comfort of your own home, at a price that won’t put you out of pocket.
  • GardenBird [UK]

    Website
    Choose from our range of premium quality straight birdfood including peanuts (tested to ensure they are aflatoxin free) to sunflower seed hearts, niger seed and peanut granules. The latter are ideal for feeding to fledglings from seed feeders at this time of year.
  • Gardman (Ernest Charles) [UK]

    Website
    All our products are checked and endorsed by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) and meet all the BSA (Bird Care Standards Association) criteria…
  • Grubco [US]

    Website
    Live mealworms
  • Haiths [UK]

    Website
    We've been providing high-quality bird food for garden birds since 1937. Cheap wildlife food can be full of dust, debris and waste husk and is harmful to birds. Choose Haith's SuperClean bird food and you are guaranteed high-quality wildlife food that's nutritious and safe.
  • Happy Beaks [UK]

    Website
    The UK's cheapest wild bird feed, delivered free of charge next day*
  • Ivel Valley [UK]

    Website
    With so many bird food products out there and with such a difference in price what should you look for in a bird food supplier? Quality products are about proper nutritional ingredients.
  • Kennedy Wild Bird Foods [UK]

    Website
    Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food you will discover only the finest wild bird foods and accessories, including a wide selection of top quality birdseed, sunflower hearts, peanuts, mealworms, seed feeders and much more...
  • Little Peckers [UK]

    Website
    Little Peckers offers a huge range of bird supplies for bird lovers around the UK. We have everything you might need in one place, including bird food, feeders, cages, bird baths and accessories.
  • Living With Birds (Jacobi Jayne) [UK]

    Website
    Don’t waste money on cheap birdseed that’s low in nutrition and often gets ignored by garden visitors. Our high-energy foods give wild birds and other wildlife the help they need, all year round. From seeds and blends to peanuts, suet and mealworms, we’ve got the best range of professional-quality foods you’ll find anywhere.
  • Love Garden Birds [UK]

    Website
    Welcome to Love Garden Birds, the online home for everyone who loves their garden birds and wants to enrich their lives. Here you’ll find advice for matching your feed to your garden’s birds, striking the right balance between your birds and the other local wildlife, and much more.
  • Nature's Way [USA]

    Website
    Here at Nature's Way, we provide you with the highest quality live food available on the market today. Not only will we provide the highest quality live food but also the best customer service in the market. We offer over 60 years experience from our specially trained staff for all of your live food needs…
  • Nutbags [UK]

    Website
    My free local delivery service applies to all people in the New Forest and Southampton area, with no miniumum purchase, but I am also willing to extend my area to include the whole of Hampshire, East Dorset, West Sussex and South Wiltshire, subject to a minimum order value of £25…
  • Peckamix Bird Food [UK]

    Website
    Here at Peckamix we are passionate about great quality bird food. Whether you are looking for excellent seed mixes to bring wild birds flocking to your garden, high quality straight foods, or fantastic bird feeders and accessories, we are confident you will not be disappointed with our range of products!
  • Peckish (Westland) [UK]

    Website
    Bringing more birds, more colour and more bird song into the garden is the Peckish promise. Peckish not only provide quality food for garden birds but also enhance the enjoyment of feeding them; whether you’re a first time bird feeder or have been taking part in this popular hobby for many years.
  • Pets at Home [UK]

    Webpage
  • RSPB Shop [UK]

    Webpage
    Choose from our range of high-quality and nutritious bird foods - from seed mixes, sunflower seeds, nyjer seeds, toxin-free peanuts, high-energy suet balls and bird cakes for wild birds to protein-rich live food for hungry mouths.
  • Really Wild Birdfood Co. (Street End Farm) [UK]

    Website
    If you’re looking for top-quality home grown bird seed, we at Really Wild Bird Food have everything you need to keep your local wildlife happy and healthy. Here on our family farm in Hampshire, we produce a vast selection of bird seed and cereal crops, all of which are carefully managed to achieve the highest possible standard.
  • Soar Mill Seeds [UK]

    Website
    Here at our family-run Country Mill, now based in Lancashire, we source our seeds sustainably, and where possible locally, to ensure your Wild Birds and Wildlife get the best available diet.
  • Song Bird Garden [US]

    Website
    Bird feed etc
  • The Bird Table [UK]

    Website
    If you've found your way to this site, you're one of two sorts of people; someone who already feeds birds or someone who wants to feed birds. Either way, you are interested in birds and wildlife. On this site you will find a great variety of all the usual foods and feeders plus a wide range of new and exciting products
  • Twootz [UK]

    Website
    Twootz.com is your online provider of quality and low-priced bird food, bird seed and wild bird food supplies, as well as a variety of bird feeders. We are based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and we service the entire UK…
  • UK Bird Seed [UK]

    Website
    As specialists in high quality wild bird food we can offer you a broad range of seed mixes which cater to an wide variety of UK bird species. Our wild bird seed is an essential source of nutrition and sustenance providing energy to birds throughout the year.
  • Vine House Farm [UK]

    Website
    Vine House Farm Bird Foods provides seed and mixes specifically for wild birds, at reasonable prices, on their conservation award winning farm in Lincolnshire. To contact us: Phone: (01775) 630208 Email: birdseed@vinehousefarm.co.uk Vine House Farm, Deeping St Nicholas, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 3DG.
  • Wiggly Wigglers [UK]

    Website
    We’re here to enhance your time at home and in the garden by delivering a little bit of country living to wherever you live.
  • Wild Bird Food Shop Northern Ireland

    Website
    Welcome to the online Home of Wild Bird Food Shop Northern Ireland. We are part of Temple Garden and Farm Shop, at the Temple crossroads,Between Lisburn to Saintfield and Carryduff to Ballynahinch,just 10 mins from Belfast.
  • Wild Delight [US]

    Website
    The Best Gardens Deserve The Best Birds - Wild Delight® produces more of what birds crave, because you and your birds deserve the best! All Wild Delight® products contain only the finest ingredients you can feed your outdoor pets.
  • eBirdseed.com [World]

    Website
    eBirdseed.com does one thing extremely well - we direct mail the highest quality wild bird seed throughout the United States. Since 1999, birding enthusiasts have enjoyed the convenience of quality seed delivered right to their doorstep…

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