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We're sure that all of you keen bird watchers are already aware that the Big Garden Birdwatch starts in just a few weeks time (25th-27th January). 

Spending an hour in the garden and contributing to the Big Garden Birdwatch helps the RSPB monitor trends in the bird population, something that's very close to our hearts.

So, if you want to find out more about the world's biggest wildlife survey & how you can take part, just keep reading. More...

older people

As the years wear on, buying Christmas presents for elderly relatives can be a tough task. After all, how many pairs of slippers and festive jigsaws can one person have?

Luckily, with Really Wild Bird Food, you don’t have to resign yourself to rehashed ideas from years gone by.

When Werther’s Originals won’t cut it and there’s no room left in the whisky cabinet for a new addition, a bird-friendly gift from RWBF can be just the ticket. More...

hedgehog hibernation

One of our most recognisable wild animals - the humble hedgehog - is currently on a mission to fatten up before hibernating over the Winter. From roughly November to March, they will snuggle up in a pile of leaves, logs or garden debris to conserve their energy before breeding in the spring.

This loveable creature's true habitat is woodland but they also love to explore our gardens, which provide shelter, food and potential mates. Hedgehogs are often called 'the gardener's best friend' as they like to feast on pesky slugs. More...

With so many of our native bird species in sharp decline and being added to the 'Red List' - offering them highest priority for protection - it's refreshing when one bucks the trend and numbers increase. 

Buzzards have been making a huge comeback and are now Britain's most abundant bird of prey, breeding in every single county since the year 2000.

Numbers have now reached the region of 68,000 breeding pairs, as opposed to a low of 1000 in the early 1900s when they were widely culled by gamekeepers who wrongly believed they were a huge threat to their game birds; thankfully this practice is now illegal. More...

In late 2018, Netflix released the movie Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock and host of other recognisable faces.

The film follows Bullock as she is faced with the hefty task of safely navigating her family through a post-apocalyptic landscape, all while blindfolded – quite the task indeed.

Had the former Miss Congeniality been equipped with a bird box camera, the trip could have been smooth sailing from start to finish! Ideal for bird and wildlife enthusiasts alike, our bird box cameras are perfect for nature lovers. More...

The humble bumblebee is one of the most important pollinators in the world, playing a vital part in the global ecosystem in terms of food – including fruits and vegetables – as well as other useful crops, like cotton and flax.

The pollinatory power of bees also has a profound influence on both the meat and dairy industries, as they also help pollinate clover and alfalfa – two primary food sources for cattle.

Beeswax is also used in health and beauty, as well as the cleaning industry. More...

It's the breeding season for hedgehogs, and it's as important as ever to give these loveable creatures a helping hand where possible.

Although their natural habitat is woodland, our urban gardens are also favoured by them due to the plentiful supply of food and shelter. If they are very lucky, someone might have left hedgehog food out for them, too. 

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) between the 5th and 11th May to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and what we can do to help them. More...

We love hearing our customers' tales of their garden birds when they phone or email to place an order.

Susan Thompson phoned recently, and we were pleased to hear that she had seen a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers in her garden, one of them possibly a juvenile. She was concerned that they seemed hungry but couldn't access the peanuts in her squirrel-proof peanut feeder, however, they had been feasting heartily on a suet-filled coconut and hadn't yet discovered the multiple suet block holder on the other side of the garden.

Susan sent us this snap of the woodpecker on the coconut feeder, with apologies for the condensation on the window making the image slightly unclear. Of course, if she had opened the window or stepped outside to take a photo then the subject would have flown off instantly. Bird photography is notoriously difficult! She is hoping to have better luck in the summer when she can sit outside quietly in a corner. 

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Susan says that both woodpeckers continue to visit daily and they have now discovered the suet block holders, although the smaller one still loves tackling the suet-filled coconut feeders when he gets a chance amongst the starlings.  Her smaller birds don't get a look-in either when the starlings and jackdaws are around, so she has moved the coconuts away from the other seed and nut feeders, into a hedge, so they can feed in peace sometimes.  As a result, the greenfinches (nicknamed 'The Green Party with a majority rule' by Susan) - who previously dominated the seed feeders and wouldn't touch the coconuts - have found them and really enjoy swinging away.

The latest development is that some blackbirds, which Susan had never before seen feeding above the ground, are now using the coconuts - probably after watching the tits, greenfinches and starlings going mad for them. The empty coconut shells have now been filled with our Tidy Garden Suet Boost which is proving very popular. Susan says that one of the blackbirds is much more adept at getting a good grip on the coconut shells than the other one, who wobbles and flutters off and needs to modify its technique somewhat.

Susan's quest for a good photo continues... she says she missed a classic shot recently of the woodpecker feeding from a coconut with a blackbird queueing on one side and a robin on the other.

What a fantastic lot of garden activity in Cambridge. Keep up the good work Susan!

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The stitching has a plain side - just straight stitches...

how to undo stitched bag

 

...and a complicated stitch line (with more cotton overlapping).

really wild bird food stitched bag

 

Have the straight, simple line of stitching towards you, and go to the right-hand side of the bag to the tail of the stitching...

multipurpose stitched bag

 

At the end of this tail you can undo one stitch (un-thread the single end of cotton through the last loop), you should then be able to pull the two cotton threads apart...

stitched bag

 

If this has worked correctly, the two threads should 'un-zip' across the bag - which is very satisfying! 

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stitched sack

 If you have any questions about our stitched bags, our bird food, or any of our other products, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01489 896785

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National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week was established and developed by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) to provide a focus on nesting birds and to support their conservation and local biodiversity. It encourages the placement of nest boxes in your local area, at a time when small birds traditionally pair up ahead of the breeding season. Natural nest sites such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast, so our native birds need all the help they can get to find a safe spot to breed. Birds may even use the nest box year-round, roosting cosily in it during the Winter months.

Whether you have space in your garden, are a teacher, or belong to a wildlife group, placing a nest box or two not only helps the birds but provides an opportunity to observe bird behaviour more closely. There are even nest boxes available with built-in cameras, or space to put your own camera, making the breeding season especially exciting for children and adults alike.

Some good tips from the BTO for placing a nest box include:

  • Use insulating material such as wood, at least 15mm thick. Metal or ceramic materials would get too hot or cold for the birds inside.
  • A 32mm hole will suit most small hole-nesting birds, whereas a smaller 28mm hole will restrict the box to Blue Tits.
  • The box should not be too small inside as this may limit the number of eggs laid, at least 130 square centimetres (20 square inches) is ideal.
  • Perches are unnecessary and may even provide a foothold to predators such as squirrels and cats who go after the eggs and chicks.
  • You will need easy access to the box to give it an annual clean ready for next year.
  • Don't place nest boxes too close to each other as neighbours can be aggressive towards each other.
  • Shelter the box from the weather - facing away from prevailing winds, rain and strong sunlight.
  • Keep the box away from bird feeders to avoid distracting breeding pairs.

Why not make your own? Here is a great guide from the BTO - Make a Nest Box >

Here at Really Wild Bird Food, we have a great selection of nest boxes and accessories (such as metal plates to protect the holes from predators). Why not take a look now... and don't forget that if you include any seed, peanuts or suet pellets with your order then delivery becomes FREE! Shop Nest Boxes > 

We recommend this Gardman Simple Multi Nest Box as a great starter box, as you can choose between a 32mm hole, 28mm hole or open front design to suit a wider range of birds and habitats, for just £6.95! Or why not get the kids involved to paint their own design, just £5.99.

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Contact us for more information about bird homes, nest boxes and other wildlife products. You can call us on 01489 896785 or email us at sales@reallywildbirdfood.co.uk.