Spring in your garden

By March we can usually safely say that spring has arrived (whatever the changeable weather may be!). But cold weather can make it feel like it is long time off!  During spring we can help our birds by trying to supplement natural food supplies which will have been hard to come by during the cold winter months. After all, it has now become overwhelmingly clear that feeding throughout the spring and summer months can make a real difference to the welfare of our feathered friends.

The more birds you help to successfully raise broods this spring and summer, the more birds you can enjoy in your garden for years to come. You’ll also know that you’re doing your bit to save the UK’s endangered species.  So keep up the good work and remember that spring feeding will help breeding.

Look out for birds building nests

Spring may be on the way, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to put up a nest box ready for the breeding season and beyond. Blue tits, for instance, will not begin their earnest search for a nesting site until either February or March, so there’s time still.

Read our Handy tips: where to sit a nest box for tips on where to site a nest box and an all important checklist.

Whatever species of bird you have in your garden, you will see them finding various nesting material around your garden. Tits will choose the softest nesting materials they can find – dog or cat hair, dried grass, fluffy seed heads (such as Old Man’s Beard) and even cobwebs!

Robins also build their nests from soft materials and moss. Pigeons, on the other hand, will put a few twigs together for their young to nest in. However your garden visitors choose to build their nests, we recommend giving them a helping hand by leaving out some suitable nesting materials in the garden.

Nesting Wool is known for its strength, softness and warmth. Hang this out from January to July in a visible place near shrubs, tree branches, or nesting areas.

How to help your fledglings

Live mealworms are an excellent source of protein and are one of the best foods you can give to birds. Regular mealworms are ideal for adult birds while the smaller mini mealworms will be wolfed down by fledglings.
For a real source of energy our suet pellets are the ultimate fast food for birds! A highly nutritious blend of premium quality ingredients with energy packed suet that will give an instant lifesaving boost to hungry birds.

Here’s what to feed your birds during spring:

Ultiva® Robin & Softbill Mix 
A nutritious mix of soft grains, sunflower kernels, mealworms and raisins that will have Robins, Blackbirds and Thrushes alike returning to your garden for more.

Ultiva® Spring Delight
A highly palatable and delicious ingredients such as sunflower hearts, giant crunchy dried mealworms and multi-flavoured, energy-rich suet pellets.

Insect Suet Pellets
Containing a mix of real insects, these treats will give you garden birds a hearty in the winter months when natural food is scarce. Extremely nutritious, they’re packed with energy, protein, vitamins and minerals which also makes them ideal for feeding during the breeding season.

Time to clean or replace your feeders

It is essential to keep your feeders clean or replace them to prevent birds catching or even spreading diseases. By using appropriate materials the regular cleaning of feeders can prevent bacteria from developing and spreading.

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Recommended food for spring feeding

Dried Mealworms

Dried mealworms are the perfect nutritional food for your garden birds. Ideal for attracting species such as Blue tits, Starlings and Blackbirds. Simply place on a flat bird table feeder or on the garden floor for attracting ground-feeding birds.

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Ultiva® Gold Seed Mix

This hugely popular bird seed mix has been at the forefront of GardenBird for many years. A top seller, the inspiration came from a missing link in the bird food chain – a blend focused on oil-rich ingredients.

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Sunflower Hearts

These highly nutritious and oil-rich sunflower hearts for wild birds come without the husks of complete sunflower seeds. Specially treated to prevent any extraneous growth in the garden, sunflower hearts are a sure favourite among many different garden bird species.

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Ultiva® Robin & Softbill Mix

A popular classic for all year round feeding, Ultiva® Robin & Softbill seed mix utilises the best of premium soft grains and fruit to attract different birds to your garden. With ingredients such as raisins, mealworms and sunflower hearts, it is ideal for spreading out on a feeding table or simply casting over the ground.

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