Bird Food Buying Guide

Buying bird food for the first time can be daunting with so many types available. We've put together an easy-to-use guide to ensure you know what bird food to buy in terms of season and species.

Why Feed Garden Birds?

Providing food for birds can attract a variety of beautiful and colourful species to your garden that will be sure to fascinate adults and children alike. It also helps out birds by supplementing their diet, which is especially important in the colder winter months when natural food can be scarce.

Ready To Use Feeders & Bird Care Kits

The easiest way to start feeding your garden birds is to go for a ready to use feeder or one of our bird care kits. These come ready assembled, with suitable bird food for the feeder supplied. We sell a variety of kits and ready to use feeders including a winter warmer feeder, coconut feeders containing suet and no grow bird feeders.

Bird Seed Mixes

A variety of bird seed mixes are available for ground feeders, bird tables and hanging feeders. They are an important food supply for many birds such as blue tits, robins and greenfinches, depending on which mix you choose. It is best to buy high quality bird seed mix, that do not contain fillers such as lentils and rice. Only a small group of species can eat these dry, so investing in quality, such as brand Red Barn, will attract a wider range of birds to your garden.


Straight bird seeds are great sources of fat for many birds. They are a great choice for the more experienced bird feeders that know which species nestle in their garden for a treat or two. Straight food is also suitable if you want to venture into making your own bird seed mixes.

Choose sunflower hearts for no-mess and note that whole peanuts can only be eaten by larger species. For smaller birds like robins to eat peanuts they need to be broken up into small pieces, often through grating or crushing.

Peanuts are a great source of protein and unsaturated fat for birds. Leaving peanuts out for the birds will bring in a variety of new species to your garden including jays, house finches, chickadees and woodpeckers. Smaller birds like robins struggle to eat peanuts and prefer for them to be ground or grated up.