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Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

It’s the big garden bird watch this weekend (27th – 29th Jan 2018). This event which for the last few years has helped improve some species of birds populations rise and recorded what birds we find over here in the UK. We all know that feeding the birds year round helps but what else can?

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'Gone With The Wind' (Tips & Tricks for Bird Feeding in Extreme Winds!)

Sometimes its more than your hair that gets messy in the wind! In adverse weather conditions bird seed can get blown about and feeders get knocked off their perches. We thought it might be a good idea to list some useful tips and tricks that we have found helpful in getting one over the terrible weather we can get here in the UK!

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Nyjer Seed

Niger Seeds, though small and fine, are one of the most fundamental feeds for birds. They are full of essential oils, fat and protein and are essential for a well balanced diet. They are suitable food for all wild bird varieties, although they are favoured by GoldFinches, Siskins and Redpolls.

They are native to Ethiopia and derive from the Ramtil Plant and are sometimes referred to as Nyger or Thistle Seeds. They are closely related to Sunflower Seeds and boast all of the benefits that plant based seeds provide.

Due to the size and constancy of Niger seeds, it is best if they are fed from a specialised Niger Seed feeder. Many of these feeders include trays also to catch any seeds that do spill to reduce waste and mess.