New Peanuts and New Prices!
We have recently swapped our Java peanuts (which were our Premium Peanuts ) to a bigger, bolder American peanut which we hope our customers will approve of! The Javas were becoming exceptionally expensive to buy and we have found a peanut of equal quality but at a fraction of the price. We think your birds will enjoy these big, bold peanuts with a high oil content
Cleaning Feeders and Feeding Stations!
This is a very good time of year to be cleaning feeders and feeding stations in preparation for the winter months. Dirty feeders spread disease so regular cleaning is essential. We have a range of cleaning products and feeder brushes to make this tedious job much easier - and if you would like to make it really easy for yourself - we recommend investing in easy-clean feeders. We have a big selection of easy-clean feeders at a range of prices - something for everyone!
There are so many beautiful aspects to our farm and amazing things to be seen and I really want to be able to share the beauty with you all. So what better way to do it than by taking some lovely photographs! Problem was I didn't have a good camera, so last month I took the plunge and bought the business a 'proper' camera. Now I don't have any skills as a photographer (and I also don't have very good eyesight) so the two factors combined were bound to produce some fairly blurred images - but HOORAH for auto-focus. I have decided to ignore the 345 different set up options and just use the autofocus button. I tried to capture some of our farm birds but rapidly realised I will l need a considerably bigger lens. So while I am saving up for that, I will share 'big views' and 'close- ups' with you!
As you know, we do a lot of planting on the farm to help the survival of butterflies and bees, and on various areas of the farm Richard has planted strips of 'bumble bee mix' to provide a mass of plants which are rich in pollen (protein) and nectar (carbohydrate); this mix contains phacelia, borage, crimson clover, red clover, birds foot trefoil, vetch and sanfoin and is truly stunning.
Bumble bees are essential pollinators of fruit, vegetables and plants and their numbers in the UK are in decline - mainly due to the fact that there are far fewer flowers, in the countryside. Bumblebee nests are small which means they cannot store large quantities of honey - so that makes them more susceptible to the effects of a pollen shortage than, for example the honeybee which has cached large honey stores. However all is not lost, and with British gardens covering over 1million acres - we can all do our bit to help. The key is to plant native flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar - plants like foxgloves, geraniums, lavender, herbs and wild roses.
If you have an area of your garden which is particularly attractive to bumble bees, I would love to hear about it - and please send me your photos email@example.com and I will share them and any stories or advice you may have.
Did you know . ...?
Only bumble bees are capable of 'buzz pollination'. This occurs when the bumblebee grabs the flower and produces a high pitched 'buzz’. The vibration releases pollen that would otherwise stay trapped. Tomatoes rely on 'buzz pollination' for propagation.
Bumble bees 'scent mark' the flowers they have visited. The scent is released from a gland near their feet, which sticks to the flower and lets other bees know not to waste time on that flower – the cupboard is empty!
And finally - if you find a sleepy bumblebee you can help her survival by making up a warm sugar solution - soak a small piece of sponge in it and place the bee on the saturated sponge near some nectar laden flowers.
Off for a zzzzzzzzz myself '
The Really Wild Bird Food Company Street End Farm Ashton Lane Bishop's Waltham Hampshire So32 1FS
See our latest new products
These include the Blackbird Nester, Woodpecker Nestbox, Blue Dipper Bird Bath and the 20/20 Bird Feeder
20/20 Bird Feeder
Attaches to the outside of your window. Apart from providing the perfect view of your garden birds up close, this tough long-lasting feeder with its powerful suction cups won't even leave any marks on the glass where these are put up. The adjustable rain canopy which also gives it its better looks, apart from protecting the food and feeding birds. With ample perching place and adjustments to discourage the larger birds, you will sure get to see a number of tits and robins apart from some other tiny visitors.
Blue Dipper Bird Bath
If you have a pretty and cozy small garden this lovely new Blue Dipper bird bath is the perfect option for you! The frost-resistant ceramic in a striking Cerulean blue glaze provides a beautiful contrast to the natural terracotta rim which also adorns a decorative pair of clay birds. The 2 landing stones placed at the centre provide an easy access to the water for your tiny guests.
Browse through our new products category to see our full range of new stock
The days are getting shorter and the farm is starting to have a very Autumnal 'feel' to it! During September we harvested our spring beans.
Their variety is 'Fuego' and as a bean, they are leguminous, so we use them as a break crop to return nitrogen to the soil before the next crop of wheat is grown. The beans were sown in late March and this year they yielded tremendously well. It is important with beans that they have the correct moisture content when harvested; if they are too dry, the pods shatter and the beans bounce out the front of the combine onto the floor - which is wasteful and expensive!
We are hoping that they will make the grade for human consumption and then they will be off to Egypt; the Egyptians eat huge amounts of beans! It is a windy old place Egypt!!
These pictures above are the before and after; in the pod and after harvesting and cleaning.
On Premium Sunflower Hearts! This month we are offering a whopping 20% off our Premium Sunflower Hearts. That equates to a saving of £8 for a 20kg bag! Our premium hearts are top quality (bakery grade) and derive from the plumpest black sunflower seeds. This means everything gets eaten, leaving no waste.
Just about all of our native British garden birds love sunflower hearts -even traditional 'non seed eaters' seem to have developed a taste for them! They are highly calorific due to their oil content, and provide an instant source of nutrition since no de-husking is required.
If you are looking to treat yourself for summer, we also have these lovely squirrel resistant Nuttery Helix Peanut feeder and Peanut feeders, in attractive summer colours which will look great in any garden and have 10% off in July.
Please also remember - during these dry days put out clean fresh water for drinking and bathing...... sit back and enjoy the bird bath action!
Last week we spotted a red kite soaring over the farm. It is not an uncommon occurrence nowadays. These spectacular birds which are easily identifiable by their forked tails, chestnut colour and white patches on the underside of what can be a 2 metre wingspan became extinct in England and Scotland in the 1870's with only a few birds remaining in mid Wales.
During the Middle Ages red kites were protected by a royal decree and were valued scavengers that helped clean up filthy streets. However by the 16th Century, in common with other birds of prey, they were being persecuted as 'vermin'. As numbers declined and they became rarer, their eggs became more valuable to collectors, which hastened their demise. Since the early 1900's, farmers and landowners' have made dedicated efforts to protect them. In the 1950s they suffered a setback when the rabbit myxomatosis outbreak decimated rabbit numbers and destroyed their main food supply.
The re-introduction of birds from Europe in the1980's and 1990's stimulated population expansion and there are now around 1800 breeding pairs in the UK -over half of them in Wales! Adult kites tend to be quite sedentary and not move far from their nest sites - so it may be the visitors we see are juvenile kites - out seeing a bit of the world (or maybe we have a lot of rabbits
We keep on adding new and interesting items to try to ensure our website is bang up to date with latest products and every time you visit Really Wild Bird Food website you see something new.
Have you checked out our recent additions yet?
You have seen the ornate and the practical bird baths in our collection that are good looking as well as an affective way of attracting birds to your garden (especially when it is dry). Have a look at this lovely new Blue Dipper bird bath. The perfect option for the smaller garden and will look pretty too!
Made from frost-resistant ceramic, this decorative bird bath comes with a striking Cerulean blue glaze that creates a beautiful contrast with the natural terracotta rim. The decorative pair of clay birds perched at the water’s edge makes it look all the more interesting. The terracotta landing stones placed at the centre give a perfect place for the birds to land and provide easy access to the water too.
View our full collection of garden bird baths.
Not long now until harvest starts in earnest; a very exciting (if a little nerve-wracking) time of year. Our winter oats (seen here) will be the first crop on the farm to be harvested and should be ready towards the end of next week.
Richard has been busy topping tracks and bumble bee strips with his beloved Massey Ferguson 675 which he bought way back in 1984 - making it a grand old 31 years of age!
As farm machinery gets bigger and bigger - there is something rather lovely about the simplicity of a 31 year old old friend to spend an uncomplicated (if rather bumpy) few hours with!
This photo shows one of our bumble bee tracks which has been recently topped. Half the track was topped about a month ago and you can see flowers just coming again.
The left hand side will recover and flower later on in August.
Here is a brief comparison between the two types of Bluebells:
- Native bluebells give off a beautiful sweet aroma. Spanish bluebells have no smell.
- Native bluebells have droopy heads. Spanish bluebell heads are much more upright.
- Native bluebell heads hang from the same side of the stem. Spanish bluebell heads are more random.
- Native bluebells are narrow in shape with rolled back tips. Spanish bluebells are more conical with open tips.
- Native bluebells have white pollen. Spanish bluebells have blue pollen.
- Native bluebells are protected by law. Spanish bluebells are not protected so you can dig them up!
I hope you can see from these two images just how different the two species are. The left image is that of a Spanish bluebell and the right image is of our beautiful British woodland bluebells on the farm. Of course - with all the cross-pollination and hybridisation occurring - pure forms of either are becoming much rarer.
Would you like to have a look at some of our wildflower seeds? When you plant wildflowers in your garden, you attract all kinds of wildlife including bees & butterflies.
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Here is what is new at Really Wild Bird Food Company. Latest in our ever expanding range of products form you and your birds is an great addition to our Pick and Mix section
Now you will be happy to know that we are offering the inclusion of suet pellets in our Pick & Mix selections!
Our Pick and Mix options come in 2 forms, the Mini Pick and Mix of 2kg quantity and the normal Pick and Mix of 4kg quantity. Ingredients include choices from any of our Seed Mixes, Straight Seeds, Peanuts and now our latest addition to the options the Suet Pellets!
The best thing about Pick and Mix is being able to acquire a wide variety of bird feeds and enabling you to try something new in your garden at least cost
So why not visit our Pick and Mix! The Choice Is Yours!