Everything you need to help your garden birds survive the winter

Everything you need to help your garden birds survive the winter

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We’ve rounded up everything you need to help your garden birds in winter, from bird food (seeds, fat balls, peanut butter), to bird tables, bird baths and bird feeders. There’s even some bird guides in there so you can better get to know which species are visiting your garden and what/how they like to eat.

It’s that time of year when everything seems to be about shopping, as we prepare for Christmas and beyond. But spare a thought for our garden birds this Black Friday (which, for the sake of this feature, we have jovially renamed Blackbird Friday) and consider putting your pennies to work helping them through the winter.

As we know, winter is a tough season for many birds. With fewer berries on the hedgerows, drinking water likely to freeze and plummeting temperatures, they can do with a helping hand.

So, as some people might be perusing deals on winter coats to keep us humans warm, let’s do our bit to make sure our feathered friends benefit from the sales too.

Some of the below birdie buys are on offer right now but some are worthy investments the birds will thank you for for months and years to come.

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Peckish Extra Goodness Balls for Wild Birds – 50 Tub

A tub of 50 fat balls will go a long way in feeding your garden birds this winter. Birds that particularly love to eat fat balls include great tits, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds and black caps.


Windrush Wooden Bird Table FSC® by Rowlinson®

This tall bird table is made from FSC certified wood and brings a natural, rustic look to your garden. Pop a few fat balls on the platform and watch the birds flit in and out. 


Peckish Wild Bird Feeding Stations with 4 Feeders

This bird feeding station allows for five feeders to hang from it. It’s great for providing a range of snacks for your garden birds and catering for different species’ tastes and preferences. 


Homegrown harvest wild bird seed

With 100{aa306df364483ed8c06b6842f2b7c3ab56b70d0f5156cbd2df60de6b4288a84f} recyclable packaging and seeds from British farms, this bag of bird feed is a good sustainable option. 


Simply sunflower

Sunflower seeds are loved by many garden birds including blue tits, sparrows, dunnocks, collared doves and finches.


Coniston Aged Stone Finish Bird Bath

It’s just as important to provide water for garden birds as it is food, especially in winter when shallow water sources are likely to be  frozen. Top up this bird bath with fresh water they can drink and bathe in.


British Birds: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide)



The more you know about the birds that visit your garden, the better you can cater for their needs. This Collins Complete Guide will teach you everything you need to know.


Scrummy sunflower hearts

Sunflower hearts are particular favourites of goldfinches and tits. Softbills such as robins and blackbirds also find them easier to eat than the seeds. 


Post box peanut feeder

For a bit of fun, this post box peanut feeder means you can fulfill your daily delivery of birdie goodness.


Bronze original dining station

Another bird feeding station, this one also includes shallow dishes which can be used for more seeds or water. 


RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds: Second edition

Bloomsbury Wildlife


This pocket guide is perfect for reading at home or taking out on a walk with you to learn more about your local birds. 


Flutter butter pod triple pack original

Peanut butter is loved by tits, wrens, nuthatches and woodpeckers.


Bird feeder branch hook – two sizes

Got a bird feeder but not sure how to suspend it close to where your birds flock? This hook will do the trick. 


Shetland Bird House



Garden birds most likely to take up residence in a nest box are blue tits or coal tits, but you may also welcome sparrows, nuthatches, robins, woodpeckers and wrens.


Farringdon Bird Feeder



Simple and stylish, this apple bird feeder will cater for larger birds, like crows, who can get through the tougher skin. Smaller birds can then enjoy the soft flesh. 

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