Sunflower Hearts Price Crash

We have just hammered the price of Sunflower Hearts. We have just bought a full container that was due for delivery to another food company. This was cancelled for whatever reason, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We have managed to get this container at a fraction of the cost compared to the true market value. We are passing this huge discount direct to our customers so slicing a huge £11.50 off the normal price, so once they have gone the price will go back to our normal contracted price.
Please feel free to buy as many as you like as this offer can’t be repeated.

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Conservation Grade Wild Bird Foods Now in Stock

Conservation Grade is a collaboration of many farmers across the UK who are passionate about working alongside nature. 10% of the land is removed from food production to develop specific ranges of habitats for the wildlife on their farm. 

The farm ecology is audited with a guarantee to not just slow, but to reverse biodiversity loss. Biodiversity is the term used to describe the natural processes and the variety of life found on Earth. This includes ecosystem, genetic and cultural diversity, and the connections between these and all species. 

A specific ratio is prescribed in order to create the optimum conditions for biodiversity on the farm, these would include;

4% of land used to plant wildflowers and clover to provide pollen and nectar.
2% is plated to provide seeds for wild birds in winter and early spring using plants like Quinoa and Fodder Radish.
2% is planted with fine grasses and tussocky(tufts of grass) which provide shelter for spiders, beetles and small mammals, which also provide a food source for predators like Barn Owls.
0.5% is used as a natural regeneration area to encourage rare arable annual plants and ground nesting birds.
2% of the land can be managed by the farmer individually to promote wildlife with the use of ditches, hedges, ponds or woodland.  Also old barns can be utilised to provide nesting areas.

Conservations Grade Farms are growing two crops; one for food and one for nature therefore are putting the habitats back. Farmers create and manage specific wildlife habitats on their least productive land and since Conservation Grade Farming they have seen a 41% increase in birds and a thirty fold increase in small mammals such as water voles.

When you see the Conservation Grade logo on bags you are guaranteed that the ingredients in the product you have bought have been grown on a Conservation Grade Farm with nature in mind.

WildBirdDirect bringing you the complete wild bird care package!

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Wild Bird Direct to Introduce NEW Range of Feeders

We have been working hard behind the scenes at Wild Bird Direct this summer. We wanted to introduce fresh great products that have never been seen before, but not only that do what it say on the tin. We have just taken delivery of a brand new range of Wild Bird Feeders that will be on sale very soon. Please keep an eye out on the website or join our email subscription list to be the first to know when are ready to buy.

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September Newsletter Goes out Today

We have today sent out our newsletter for September you can click the link below to view it. Please subscribe to all future newsletters in the footer at the bottom of our site.

http://www.wildbirddirect.com/newsletter/sept/

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Local youth Rugby team gain sponsorship from WildBirdDirect.

Wild Bird Direct is proud to sponsor the local youth’s rugby team with their new tracksuits for the 2013/2014 season. All the staff at Wild Bird Direct would like to wish Grimsby Ruby Union under 11s all the best for the coming season.

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Wild Birds Fruit and Nectar

Feeding fruits to wild birds is a fresh and healthy suppliment to their diet. At Wild Bird Direct we make the feeding preparation a complete cinch since we supply a fantastic range of ready mixed wild bird seed for you to simply purchase online, have it delivered for free direct to your door and start tempting birds to your garden with a spread that will be sure to satisfy! Our mixed seed assortments that contain fruit for an optimum blend and fulfilling diet for your birds include the Ground & Table Supreme, the Wild Robin and Song Bird and Superior Wild Bird Food – Husk Free (with Fruit).

We guarantee our seed is of the very best quality so your birds can eat safely and nutritiously, receiving the goodness to see them through the season and prepare for the next. With the onset of spring and breeding season your garden visitors will devour all the rich offerings you so kindly place out for them.

For a simple nectar recipe to complement your bird seed and dried mealworms, try this easy recipe; one part sugar and four parts water is all you need. Boil the water and then add sugar little by little until it’s completely dissolved.  Never use honey instead of sugar since it can go bad very quickly and cause your feeding birds to become very sick. Make sure you keep the boiler on till the end of the process. Boiling the sugary water for some time will will create a thick syrup. After that you can let it cool down. It’s not advisable to add food colouring to the bird nectar because it could be harmful to the birds. Hummingbirds do use their colour vision in locating food but still it’s better to avoid colouring. One thing you could do is place a red ribbon on the hanging feeder, table or platform as a way of catching their eye as they fly by.

Looking to tempt birds to your garden in a variety of ways? Take an apple or an orange, cut it in half and place it on a feeder. Yes, so simple and it works! Now let’s check out the other ways in which we can feed fruits to birds. Here’s something cool you can prepare; it’s called the wild bird shish kabob. You can make this nice little treat using several things, oranges, pears, apples, grapes, berries, prunes, dried fruits and with any other fruit you can find in your kitchen. Make sure the large fruits are sliced to sizes that the birds can manage. Why not give this is a try? Poke holes at the centre of each fruit piece or vegetable, thread a twine through the holes, tie a knot on one end and hang it from a tree branch. Now you can enjoy watching happy birds feasting off your delicious treat!

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As my teachers at school said to me on many occasions “I must try harder”

Hello from Wild Bird Direct,

We have just made some changes to the website as a regular customer has pointed out to us the fact that we don’t show off the fact that she feels “We are one of the best Wild Bird Food Companies selling on the internet” ( her words not ours!) So we have taken this onboard and updated the home page to show off our customer reviews. We do occasionally send out review emails asking you for your feedback so we can improve upon what we do, we have not done this for a while so tonight I have triggered off around 100 requests for up to date feedback. I do apologise if you are a regular customer and have received more than one request, simply delete the ones not required. As my teachers at school said to me on many occasions “I must try harder”. I will try and remember to send these out more often. I would also like to say A Great Big Thank You to you all who continue to support us and we look forward to being of service again in the near future. 

Kind Regards
Darren, Sandra and all the Wild Bird Team.

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Wild Bird Seeds and Grains

Birds have different preferences when it comes to bird food. Having many types of bird food in your garden, you can attract a large amount of birds. Bird seeds are undoubtedly the most widely used bird food today. There are so many types of bird seeds and people use them separately or in combination with several other types of seeds. Mixtures of bird food including rice, oats, rapeseed, corn and canary, that are often sold very cheaply by some stockists, are better avoided as they might harm wild birds.

So let’s talk about bird food that’s really healthy for birds. Sunflower hearts is a very common bird food. Many newcomers to the hobby of bird feeding prefer using bird seeds because for many birds, they find these seeds a delightful treat. They are high in energy and are a favourite among of a lot of seed eating birds. Woodpecker, Goldfinches, Pine Grosbeaks, Chickbeads and Grackles are among such seed eating birds.

Another popular seed is the niger seed which is also called the thistle. With its origin in Nigeria as the name would imply, these are very rich in calories, oil and energy. Birds like Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch find this niger seed preferable mainly because they are small and very easy to swallow. There is also the safflower seed which is very rich in fat and protein.

Another ingredient that is found in a lot of seed mixes is millet. Millet is a very small and round grain. This seed is therefore ideal for ground feeding birds like Sparrows and Juncos. Milo seed is reddish and round, though very cheap in price, it’s not advisable to give large amounts of these in seed mixtures; it won’t prove to be a winner dish for your feathered friends. Corn can be used as a very economical solution in feeding birds like wild turkeys, Jays and ducks.

Most bird lovers who practice bird feeding as a hobby use readily available seed mixes. We, at Wild Bird Direct, have an excellent range of top quality, great value seeds and bird food varieties available online. Simply leave them on platform feeders, on the ground or on window sills for a highly pleasurable pastime.

Always make sure that you check the ingredients list of the mixture you are purchasing to attract the right birds. If you can’t find a ready made mixture to suit, then you can make your own mixture using separate seeds. We’re here to help you make sure you give the absolute best to the birds that visit your garden.

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What you Should Know about Feeding Wild Birds

Peanuts are one of the most popular foods for wild birds and they sure do attract a lot of garden birds. Purchasing peanuts, you have to make sure that you get them from a very reliable source because if they are at all spoilt and mouldy it could actually be fatal for the birds. Feeding the whole peanut can be harmful to very young birds; therefore during the spring and summer, you have to make sure you use a mesh peanut feeder to ensure only those birds big enough can feed safely. 

Bird food, other than peanuts, comes in a variety of options. Sunflower hearts are one of them; they are healthy, nutritious and a very popular option for wild birds since they are very rich in oil and energy. Mixed wild seeds are an option but be careful of offering excessive corn and wheat feed since some birds are unable to digest it well.

Fat is another surprisingly nutritious food option for birds. There is no need to waste lumps of suets, meat trimmings, table scraps or bacon rinds as birds will be more than glad to eat them. By pouring melted fat over bread or cake, you can what bird feeders popularly refer to as “bird cake”.  With nuts, seeds, grated cheese, oatmeal and dried fruits you can add more nutritional value to bird cakes. As moulds for the bird cakes, you can use coconut shells or used yoghurt cups.

Very often bird feeders forget the importance of fruits. Fruits can attract many unseen bird species to your garden. You can cut pears, apples and lay them on the ground and wait for the beautiful birds to come and find them. It is also possible to hang half cut fruits by a thread on trees and other high places.

A grain based food like bread, cake and biscuits, you can find in your kitchen at almost any time. White bread modernly processed is not recommended for birds however wholemeal bread slightly moistened to help birds easily swallow it, is a much better choice. If the whole bread is moistened and kept on the ground then it also reduces the chance of more aggressive birds stealing and carrying it off. There are also other valuable food options for birds like oat flakes, maize flakes and puppy meal. In winter and in cold weather, you can scatter cheese underneath bushes to help bird species like Wrens that find it very hard to survive under the difficult circumstances.

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Warm and Well Fed through Winter and Spring

In winter and spring some birds change their eating habits to survive the harsh environmental conditions. Some birds that depend on insects start eating berries. Birds will keep looking hard for reliable food sources to survive the colder months. They usually form flocks during these seasons so that they have a better chance of finding food, staying warm and protection in numbers against predators. A bird’s life is not as easy as people think during the winter. In countries like North America, winter can be especially hard for birds. With a very short day time and very long and cold nights, Most of the natural food is covered with snow or damaged by frost or excess rain water; most of the insects are dead or hidden in hibernation because of the extreme weather conditions outside. It’s not only the food that is hard to find, water also becomes very scarce and the food that is required to keep the birds warm by providing them with the required energy becomes much less. With the skeletons of trees offering very limited natural evergreen for shelter, birds will be looking for safe alternatives in which to rest. The luckier ones find great shelter in bird boxes, even garden sheds and car ports that protect them from heavy rains and snow.

The main reason why birds need proper shelter is that they are warm blooded animals. This means that even with a constantly changing external temperature, they should maintain a constant internal temperature. For this it is essential that they produce a normal range of heat and try to conserve their body heat as much as possible. That’s why sometimes in a very cold environment you see birds fluffing up their feathers. This creates air pockets between their feathers that reduce heat loss and help the birds to keep warm. However maintaining a very high metabolic rate is crucial for internal body functions and heat to be sustained at a healthy level, that’s why birds are always on the look out for high energy bird food such as seeds, insects and suet.

During the winter and spring, if you are planning to feed your local or migrating birds, make sure you focus mainly on high calorie and high fat food. If you are using feeders, it would be wise to provide different options for different birds as the birds may come as flocks or individually. It’s a good idea to place the food close to a row of trees because then the birds will have perching spots on the branches above. Having a number of trees around would also give more confidence to the birds as it would create a secure cover. In the case of ground feeding the birds they would prefer an area with a very clear view of the surrounding area but which is also close enough to bshes and trees in case they need to take cover against predators. For the best wild bird food browse and buy online from our extensive catalogue offering a huge selection of seeds, dried mealworm, suet blocks, peanuts and much more.

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