Embrace the great outdoors and give birds a home this summer
Many people choose and gain enjoyment from supplementing their garden birds' diet with extra food – especially in the winter. This can be a real life-saver in harsh weather conditions. The benefit to the birds is also a benefit to the human inhabitants of the house, by the addition of beautiful wild creatures and hours of entertainment. It can also be the start of a new hobby and passion.
Providing food and shelter for birds during the cold winter months is a regular habit in the UK, but how many of us continue to feed birds during warmer summer months too?
With the Met Office forecasting more warm weather this August and September, and grains, seeds and berries generally in abundance, it might seem a strange notion that birds need our help. However, following a hectic season of breeding - with some birds already onto their second or third brood - there are now many mouths to feed, and so the demand for food remains high.
After breeding, birds also moult to revive their plumage, and are often at their most vulnerable without their flight feathers. Many will try to hide from predators, and the need for shelter is also at a high.
If you’re searching for a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family during the summer holiday, why not encourage your children to embrace the great outdoors, equip your garden with bird feeders and birdhouses, and lend your feathery visitors a helping hand this summer?
Feeding birds in summer
While both the RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology recommend feeding birds all year round, they also suggest that only certain types of food should be provided during summer. Foods high in protein are ideal for birds when they moult, and the RSPB propose foods including seed mixtures without loose peanuts (as peanuts can cause choking), black sunflower seeds, sultanas, raisins and currants (place them out of reach from dogs as they can be poisonous), pinhead oatmeal, and even mild grated cheese.
Soft fruits including apples, bananas, grapes and pears can also make tasty treats for birds, as well as mealworms, waxworms, and mixes for insectivorous birds.
Our huge selection of the very best bird feeders are currently part of our summer sale, and include our simple and affordable Perky-Pet® Sunflower Wild Bird Feeder complete with feeding perches and a porch, our Perky-Pet® Fortress® Bird Shelter Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder that keeps those pesky squirrels at bay, and the Perky-Pet® Garden Sip & Seed Bird Feeder to provide wild birds with both food and water.
To view wildlife up close, try our window bird feeders which can be affixed to a window with a simple suction cup, and cue hours of bird watching entertainment from the comfort of your home! For further information about the different types of bird feeders available, take a look at our bird feeder guide.
Birds also need access to clean water to drink and bathe, so if you’re supplying food, why not supply fresh water too? Our bird baths and bird water feeders are also on offer, and can be easily suspended from trees or shrubs to entice birds to your garden.
Giving birds a home this summer
As well as seeking food and water, birds may be visiting your garden for shelter. Enjoy your natural surroundings with your family by giving wildlife a home in your garden this August!
We currently have two wonderful Perky-Pet® wild bird houses in stock: Perky-Pet® Wren Bird House and the Perky-Pet® Tree Sparrow Bird House. Perfect for providing a welcoming home for wrens, sparrows, great tits and other similar sized birds, both are made from weather resistant and insect-repelling aromatic cedar, and will keep your feathery visitors safe from garden predators.
Before you suspend your bird house in the garden, consider its placement: different species of birds prefer different locations and heights. Tits and tree sparrows tend to prefer heights of between six and fifteen feet for houses and feeders, while larger birds like wrens and starlings are attracted to higher placed houses and feeders from six to twenty feet. Help your children spot and recognise the different birds in your garden, and position your feeder and bird house accordingly.
If your garden lacks branches and shrubbery, our Perky-Pet® Universal Bird Feeder Pole and Perky-Pet® Adjustable Railing Hook are adjustable and can be planted in various locations to suspend feeders and small bird houses.