February Newsletter from The Really Wild Bird Food Company at Street End Farm
Superior Wild Bird Food Direct from our Farm.
Welcome to our February Newsletter!
National Nest Box Week 14th - 21st February
The snowdrops are up, Spring is just around the corner and love is in the air! Valentine's Day on 14th February traditionally marks the time when your birds start to pair up for the breeding season, and begin looking for available accommodation! As we all know, the availability of 'natural nesting sites' within gardens and homes has dramatically declined over the last 20 years and National Nest Box Week was launched by the BTO way back in 1997 to encourage people to create alternative nesting sites for birds. Since then, they estimate that there are 5 - 6 million boxes in gardens across the UK. So whether you have a small garden in the middle of town or a large garden in the countryside, a nest box will provide a warm, safe home this spring.
We would like to do our bit to help, so for the rest of the month of February, we will be offering our customers this simple wooden nest box (worth £7.95) FREE with all orders over £65. Of course, this great offer is subject to limited stocks – so first come first served! We also have a great deal on our range of Cedarplus* nest boxes. Save 10% on all Cedarplus * nest boxes until the end of March 2011. Please visit our website to view our full range of nest boxes
We have recently extended our range of poles, brackets and feeding stations, such as this super new feeding station tree which stands 8 feet tall.
In response to customer requests (thank you ), we can also now supply you with our own Bird Cake Mix – which contains 90% of home grown seeds - all grown here by Richard on Street End Farm. So if you are thinking of things to do during school half - term holiday – why not make up some high energy, nutritious bird cake with the kids? It is an easy recipe - 1 part suet:3 parts Bird Cake Mix
We are also now supplying suet coated peanuts and suet coated sunflower hearts in bulk packs of 5kg and 10kg, which reduces the cost/kg to you. These are really nutritious, high energy feeds for your garden birds and are a real treat during these colder winter months.
A reminder about VAT
I just wanted to remind you about the VAT on birdseed. Currently, there is no VAT chargeable on bags/sacks of birdseed which weigh more than 12.75kg. That is why we sell our seed in bulk bags of 13kg and 20kg. However our 8kg and 4kg bags are not VAT exempt. So if you wish to avoid paying the 20% VAT chargeable on your bird seed, and you can store a larger quantity – a 13kg or 20kg sack will be better value for money.
After the coldest, snowiest winter that most of us can remember on the farm, the New Year has turned in some pretty dark, drizzly days. We have been inundated with Fieldfares, all devouring the winter berries and enjoying our over - wintered stubbles and wild bird covers. We don't commonly see Waxwings, however this year a few flocks have been spotted locally feeding on rowan berries which they love. They also like cotoneaster, pyracantha and rose hips and banana chips and apples also seem to go down a treat!. We also have thousands of finches on the farm, and birds which we have nick - named 'Broonyins'. Frustratingly, by the time we have the binoculars in focus – they have moved so quickly – that all we can identify is that they are small and brown - hence my Scottish name Broonyins!
Richard is itching to get into his tractor which has been in the shed since the end of October, and to start moving some ground in preparation for spring drilling. I think he is just looking forward to a few hours of peace and quiet – away from me!
Many thanks for your custom, and as always, please keep in touch and let us know how we are doing – we value all your comments.
With Best wishes