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How to choose gifts for bird lovers?!

How to choose gifts for bird lovers?!

Often bird lovers are the sort of people who are slightly more tricky to buy for, the parent, grandparent or in-law who has everything and says they want nothing!

We offer a range of gifts for bird lovers and those passionate about wildlife and nature.

From a Bird gift for an in-law to a thank you gift for a teacher - we have it covered!

1. Gift for a bird watcher - this is someone who is likely to be mad about birds and they will be likely to be interested in something a little different.  So we would suggest the Seed Subscription Box which contains various packs of our seed blends & will offer something different which their birds won't have tried before!     

2. Thank you Gift for a teacher - depending on budget, a nice bag of our Boxwild seed blend with a seed scoop tends to go down very well.

3. Gift for bird-loving in-laws - often the tough present to buy off the list! Our Bird Feeder Gift box is our most popular item and makes a thoughtful present.  

4. Wildlife lover- for someone who is into all types of wildlife then our Wildlife Subscription Box is the perfect option.  Each month we send a variety of bird and wildlife goodies to attract nature into the garden.

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Video: Take a look at Ben unboxing the Bird Feeder Gift box

Video: Take a look at Ben unboxing the Bird Feeder Gift box

Ben created an unboxing video of the Bird Feeder Gift Box so you can see what is inside.  It is the ideal gift for a bird lover for Christmas or Birthdays.

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

One way to recycle the pumpkins after Halloween is to create a pumpkin bird feeder.  Super simple and fun - and amazing for the birds, especially now it is getting colder.

1. Open up the top of the pumpkin up nice and wide using a knife. 

2. Make 4 holes evenly spaced around the rim of the pumpkin

2. Cut one long piece of garden twine around 2 metres long and thread through the holes and around the side of the pumpkin - then bring the threads together in the centre and tie. Make a loop with the remaining string.

4. Fill the pumpkin with seed (I put some crumpled up news paper beneath the seed to half fill the pumpkin to reduce seed waste).

5. Hang on a tree & watch the birds come

It won't last long but is worth a go!

Looking after your garden wildlife in November

Looking after your garden wildlife in November

The winter bite has bitten and, if you have feeders out, you will start to see them get busy now the bird's natural food sources are dwindling.  Try to keep feeders topped up so the birds build your garden into their daily routine. It can take weeks for birds to get confident enough to come to your garden to feed so by keeping a fresh supply of food you are more likely to see a busy garden each day
It might sound odd - but putting up nest boxes in November is a good idea as it can provide a great source of protection and warmth for birds in the colder months. This then increases the likelihood of them then using it for nesting in Spring.  The very latest you should leave hanging nest boxes is February.
With Bonfire night in November is it critical that you check for hedgehogs in any bonfire piles before lighting.  The piles of wood are a big attraction to hedgehogs looking for a place to hibernate.
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Video: Pumpkin Bird Feeder - watch Ben's video

Video: Pumpkin Bird Feeder - watch Ben's video

Ben has recorded a video to show you how to create a pumpkin bird feeder!

One way to recycle the pumpkins after Halloween is to create a pumpkin bird feeder.  Super simple and fun - and amazing for the birds, especially now it is getting colder.

1. Open up the top of the pumpkin up nice and wide using a knife. 

2. Make 4 holes evenly spaced around the rim of the pumpkin

2. Cut one long piece of garden twine around 2 metres long and thread through the holes  - then bring the threads together in the centre and tie. Make a loop with the remaining string.

4. Fill the pumpkin with seed (I put some crumpled up news paper beneath the seed to half fill the pumpkin to reduce seed waste).

5. Hang on a tree & watch the birds come

It won't last long but is worth a go!

Looking after your garden wildlife in October

Looking after your garden wildlife in October

Its Halloween this month so make sure your birds get a "treat"!  Give your feeders and water baths a good clean with a 5% disinfectant solution.  Using a stiff brush get into all the nooks and crannies to help remove any left over seed which can attract the bugs.  It is also a good idea to move feeders around so droppings don't start building up underneath.

 

I know I mentioned this last month, but keeping a pile of leaves, logs and twigs is critical for all sorts of wildlife who need a warm, safe sanctuary over the winter months.  Insects, hedgehogs, dormice will all love you for providing a haven for them!  A thriving insect population then feeds the birds so this is critical to a healthy, vibrant garden the following Spring.