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It fills my heart with pride to see our Swallows back and swooping over our Really Wild Bird feed production farm. They are miracles of migration. It is very humbling to think that they navigated the 3,000 miles back from South Africa ( via the treacherous Sahara desert ) to Street End Farm, without any need for a post code or a TomTom! Weighing in at a meagre 20g (about the weight of 2 x £1 coins) - I wonder how much they lose during their trip? The coincidental arrival of Eleanor's pony, Megan, and the pile of associated pony dung will create an additional source of airborne insects for the Swallows to replenish their depleted stores. Isn't it amazing to think that Barn Swallows will feed their young about 400 times in a day…that is dedication for you! I can only hope that this summer will be better for them than last - surely it has to be?

In addition to bird feed we now offer a wildflower seeds to enable you to grow your own area of wild flowers that is so beneficial for wildlife. The new seed mixes in stock include the Cornflower Annuals, Bumblebee Mixture, Blaze and the Old English Meadow.

If you are looking for something that will last the entire summer, then the Cornflower Annuals are your best choice. Often found in the corn fields these beautiful bright flowers will bring in a mass of colour to your garden and are also great for insects and birds as the provide pollen and nectar. A light cultivation of the land will also ensure new growth as these multiply by dropping their seed.

Our bumblebee mix is a beautiful colourful blend that flowers from May to November and can last a good five years. This blend is your best option to encourage bees and can infuse your garden with fresh colour as well as make your garden a haven for bumble bees and honey bees.

Blaze is a blend of extremely colourful annual garden and wild flowers and is the perfect recipe for adding colour to your garden or land. The striking mass of flower heads will also attract many different insects and invertebrates. If taken good care of, this beautiful mix could last up to three years.

Our final option is the Old English Meadow. This is a blend of common general purpose wildflower mix such as Cowslip, Common Vetch, Birdsfood Trefoil, Ox-eye Daisy, Sainfoin and Greater Knapweed. This traditional old English seed mix provides a mass of flowers.

Raisins attract a variety of birds to your garden. These are nutritious for them and are loved by many birds as well as hedgehogs and squirrels. Bird feed often includes raisins in the blend. But did you know that these are very harmful for the pets? Raisins pose a potential threat to the health of the cats and dogs and if consumed by the pets may lead to grave problems such as kidney failure. This is because of the presence of possibly some particular toxin that leads to such renal failures amongst the pets. Those who have cats and dogs as pets should be very careful when it comes to handling bird feed that contains raisins.

At Really Wild Bird Food we have added a new blend of bird feed to our range that is raisin free and thus absolutely safe to use with pets around. This bird feed blend includes flaked maize and home grown and rolled naked oats, pinhead oatmeal, peanut granules, white millet and the plumpest sunflower hearts which makes this bird feed blend a high energy feed and very healthy and nutritious for the birds. This blend is best suited for a number of ground feeding birds such as robins, thrushes, blackbirds, dunnocks and finches and can be used all year round.

Those who do not have pets can go for the Ground Blend which is a fruit and nut muesli for ground feeding birds and is packed full of succulent raisins. Raisins are loved by birds such as blackbirds and thrushes and this blend is great for all such raisin lovers.

Putting bird food out in the garden for the birds is the best way to attract a wide variety of birds to your garden. It is always great to have a garden full of wild birds. And to make sure that these visit your garden often you should keep on filling up those feeders frequently.

Birds can also have their own food preferences however. For instance goldfinches love Niger seeds and sunflower hearts while blackbirds love soaked raisins. The tree sparrows on the other hand love millet and plain canary seeds. Peanuts are a favourite amongst the Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits and Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatches and the Great Spotted Woodpecker.
So when all these different birds have such different preferences, why not try and stock your feeders with a maximum variety of seeds so as to attract a wide variety of different birds?

At Really Wild Bird Food, we have come up with this new Mini Pick and Mix concept wherein you can select 2kgs of any of our Seed Mixes, Straight Seeds or Peanuts! With this offer you can combine some good varieties in a cost effective manner. Choice of seeds is completely up to you and you can choose from 2 to 6 selections of 2kg bags.
At The Really Wild Bird Food Company we have a wide variety of bird feed options to choose from and with this new Mini Pick and Mix concept you can mix and match any combination and save money too!

Birds Feeding in Wet Weather

Bird feeders are your best option if you want to attract a variety of birds to your garden. There are many different kinds of bird feeders available, such as feeder trays, hanging feeders, window feeders and many more. But during wet weather spells, using these feeders is not very feasible since the water creates a lot of problems for feeding the birds. If the wrong type of feeder is used, the seeds will get wet and spoil. In the event of water collecting in the feeder, your bird feed can quickly rot.

However, there are a few things that you can keep in mind which will help you to continue feeding your garden birds during wet, rainy periods and to protect your feed from getting spoilt.

Guarding against rain

To guard against rain, it makes sense to use bird feeders that are in the form of tubes rather than the trays. There are special feeders available with rain guards. These rain guards are domes that can be fitted to the feeders to protect the feed and also provide shelter for small birds. These guards help to keep the feeder seed dry and free-flowing.

 

There are also the seed saver feeders available that are specifically designed for mealworms. These feeders are durable and perfect for feeding live as well as dried mealworms. Again, these feeders come with an adjustable dome that protects the feed from getting wet.

Choosing your bird feed

When considering your choice of bird feed during wet periods, it is better to opt for a free-flowing bird mix that is high in energy as it can flow with relative ease even if it becomes a little damp. It is also wiser to not fill your bird feeders completely with the feed - instead, maintain small quantities at a time and replenish them when necessary. You'll also need to keep your feeders as clean as possible during rains.

In case of spoilt feed, you should promptly remove the feed and scrape off the dirt and discard it.

These are some small yet effective tips that will help you to maintain and protect your feeders during wet spells.

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As we begin to see the end of winter and the beginning of spring it is time to check our gardens are good places for birds to thrive. First on the check list is to ensure there is a suitable place for birds to eat and drink, then there is the need to provide adequate nesting boxes.

To provide suitable places for birds to eat erect a bird feeding table and position it close to cover like a bush to provide cover in case birds feel exposed to danger of attack in open spaces. Obviously once you have a good bird feeding table you need to stock up with good bird feed that attracts the right birds.



While birds are easily lured by good bird food, there is also the matter of bird water baths. These can attract a variety of birds to your garden as they need clean water to drink and to keep their feathers clean.

The installation of bird nesting boxes in your garden will be a great help to birds. There is a wide variety of nesting boxes for birds easily available on the market. Varieties vary in material, sizes and size of entry hole. Due consideration needs also to be given to sitting of a bird box as different locations suit different bird species. You can have multiple bird nests in your garden placed slightly away from one another.

Bird nests that are a little weathered will be more inviting to the tiny garden birds than the very new ones.

At Really Wild Bird Feed we provide everything you need to provide a bird friendly environment in your garden. Whether it is bird feeding stations, bird baths, bird food, bird feeding station cleaning products or bird nesting boxes.

Best Nest Box

National Nest Box Week is great for birds. Starting on Valentine's Day, NNBW takes place each year from the 14th to the 21st of February, and after 10 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.

Nest Box Week reminds us to provide homes for dozens of different species, from blue tits to barn owls. While many people now use bird food to attract wild birds to their gardens, there is often a shortage of nesting opportunities for these feathered friends.

What's the best nest box for your birds?

We supply a range of nest boxes to cater for most of the varied requirements of the smaller birds in your garden.

  • The CedarPlus is a durable timber nest box that's made of natural cedar wood. It is available with 2 different sizes of entrance hole: the 32mm entrance hole is ideal for a wide range of birds, including tits, redstarts, nuthatches, pied flycatchers, house sparrows and tree sparrows; the 26mm is specifically designed for smaller birds such as blue tits, marsh tits, coal tits, and possibly wrens.

  • Another great nest box for our dwindling sparrow population is the CedarPlus Triple Sparrow House. Both house sparrows and tree sparrows are sociable birds that like to nest in colonies, and the Triple Sparrow House is designed to provide comfortable accommodation for three pairs, nesting side by side. The front door hinges forward for easy inspection, and the aluminium fixing nail will not damage the tree on which you hang the box.

  • For robins and other birds that prefer an open-fronted design (rather than a hole), we offer the CedarPlus Open Fronted Nest Box. This product enables robins to hop into the box after alighting on a nearby branch.

  • A favourite for wrens is the Roundhouse Wren Box. These spherical nest boxes will attract wrens to your garden - your chances of success will be greater if you put up two or three Roundhouses in suitable sites. Manufactured by Schwegler, the Roundhouse Wren Box meets the wren's requirements for nesting in a round nest hole that's lined with moss, feathers and fur. Made from Schwegler's tried and tested wood-concrete, the Roundhouse provides excellent protection from nest predators. Not only does it house wrens while they're bringing up their young, it also provides a place where these birds can sleep in the winter. Wren nest boxes should be hung close to the ground (as wrens are not very good fliers - they prefer to hop through the undergrowth and shady places such as hedges, thickets, bushes, and heavily overgrown areas).

Unsure of the best nest box for your garden birds? Get in touch with the experts at Really Wild Bird Food!


Bird cameras are a treat to all the bird lovers as they can give a glimpse into the intimate life of our feathered friends right from the time the eggs hatch to the time they are big enough to leave their nests to explore the world. The bird nest cameras are the best ways to observe these birds up close without disturbing them. This is one of the most exciting ways to also study the lives of these birds closely.

Thanks to modern technology and reduced prices the installation of bird cameras is within easy reach of the budgets of most of us

Bird cameras are a treat to all the bird lovers as they can give a glimpse into the intimate life of our feathered friends right from the time the eggs hatch to the time they are big enough to leave their nests to explore the world. The bird nest cameras are the best ways to observe these birds up close without disturbing them. This is one of the most exciting ways to also study the lives of these birds closely.

The bird nest cams are strategically fixed into the birds' nest to give a clear view of the birds nest. With these bird cameras you can hear and witness the action day in and day out from the comforts of your home on the TV or the computer without disturbing the birds. The popularity of these bird cameras is increasing by the day as these are the best means to view the birds while they are feeding or building their nests to lay the eggs. There is also a certain joy in watching the tiny birds hatch out of their eggs.

An good example of a bird camera is the BirdCam. It is weatherproof, motion-activated, and easy-to-use, capturing photos and videos with sound. It records to an SD card (not included) or internal memory (32MB) and makes it easy to e-mail or print your images. No tools, wiring, or software required! Plus, you can experiment with many mounting options - point it at a bird house or bird bath, or simply set it on the ground.

The BirdCam uses innovative "Smart Sensor" technology that ignores feeder movement and minimizes "empty" shots, so you won't have to worry about sorting through blank images. You'll get frame after frame of amazing bird photography that shows you wildlife in an up-close, unobtrusive way.

Setting the bird camera up is extremely easy. Adjustable focus keeps your bird photographs sharp at any distance 18-inches or further and a laser aiming device helps insure aim is accurate. Included with the BirdCam is a pair of stretch cords that can be used to attach the BirdCam to any stationary object, such as a post or tree. A standard tripod mount on the bottom attaches to any standard tripod or the optional BirdCam Mounting Arm. The BirdCam is rugged and built to be used outdoors. It is intended to sit and wait where the human eye can't (or won't).

Another example is the Timelapse Cam. This rugged outdoor camera again requires no wiring or internet. It is great for recording wildlife over a period of time. Watch life in 'fast forward' with this digital camera.

• Shoots a series of hi-resolution images at chosen time interval
• Fantastic for wildlife enthusiasts

The Bird nest cameras are also great gifts to friends and family who love to watch and are mesmerized by the birds and their lives. The bird cameras are the closest one can get to the birds to witness all the activity the birds undertake in their busy lives. With this interesting technology, anyone can watch the wildlife in action when it is at its best!

Birds are at their most vulnerable state during the winter. The weather is harsh and food is not available easily. During these difficult times, the first step in helping these birds survive is to make sure that they have access to plenty of food and drinking water. But this proves to be difficult as the harsh weathers creates problems with the food supply. The harsh weather and moisture spoils the food in the feeders. There may be snow or ice that accumulates on these feeders during winters making the food inaccessible. A few essential steps need to be undertaken in order to make sure that the feeders withstand the weather conditions and are of good use to the birds during the harsh times.

The first and the foremost is cleaning these bird feeders and making them ready for the winter. This includes disinfecting of the feeders.
The feeders should be thoroughly checked for damages and any feeders in need of repairs should be repaired before the winter.
Most of the birds rely on the feeders for their supply of food when there is a scarcity. The bird feeders should be full and the stocks need to be replenished on a regular basis in order to make sure that there is a continuous supply.


It also makes sense to make sure that the feeders are secured properly.
Since the weather is moist, lumps of bird food is formed in the feeders. So it is advisable to clean these out before refilling. Seed should be kept dry as much as possible.
There are feeders available that are meant for the winter months. These usually have better capacities.
Feeders can also be covered in order to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on them. For the same purpose, these can also be shifted to covered areas in the garden.
These are a few things that need to be considered to ensure that the birds have a steady supply of food during the trying times.

 

The numbers of hedgehogs have dwindled over the years. This decline over almost a decade is mainly because of the fragmentation of their habitats and difficulty in finding food.

However, small steps on our part will surely make the life of these tiny creatures significantly easy. There are a number of things we can do to help these gardeners' friends. The easiest thing we can do is to provide them with food and clean drinking water when the resources accessible to them are scarce. These resources are scarce mainly in the autumn and early spring.



Hedgehogs usually hibernate during the winter. Before hibernating they need to prepare their body reserves in order to last during the hibernation process. They need to feed well and to weigh at least 600 grams to ensure that they have sufficient fat stores to enter hibernation and last right through it.

Another way of helping hedgehogs is to provide a safe haven for them. A hedgehog house. With these safe retreats the hedgehogs can rest in these houses during the daytime and hibernate in safety.

When they emerge in the spring after hibernation they loose a considerable amount of their body weight. They are at significant risk during this time especially if the spring is cold and wet and there is again a scarcity of natural food around. So yet again providing supplementary food becomes necessary during these times.



Apart from this one can also create gardens that are hedgehog friendly. Making the garden hedgehog friendly could involve small and simple things like covering the drains or holes or even the swimming pools during the night time. You can also place bricks or wooden planks in the ponds to give the hedgehogs an easy way out as most love a dip in the cool water.

Hedgehogs feed on slugs, snails, insects and worms. Making piles of old wood will attract these insects and provide food to the hedgehogs.

These small steps on our part will definitely go a long way in making sure that the hedgehogs are well protected during the harsh times.