Published: 28 January 2014
Garden For Wildlife
We look at a new range of products designed for the wildlife in your garden.
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Alan Titchmarsh, in partnership with the UK’s largest pet care retailer Pets at Home is appealing to anyone with a garden big or small to ‘Garden For Wild Life and Feed The Birds’.
 
Alan’s appeal comes as wild birds are already hugely threatened in the UK and as we head into Winter the met office has warned it is possible that we could see severe weather that will impact on their survival whilst they search for food and habitat.
 
“Making a garden for wildlife can be hugely rewarding and is a wonderful place to see up to 50 different species! There are heaps of things we can all do, but here are some of the basic steps you could take in your garden to save our birds this year”.

Natural Food & Shelter

Hear the birds chatter whilst they take shelter in their new homes by planting trees, hedges and shrubs. Trees that grow fruit and berries such as Holly, Cherry, and Hawthorn are a great natural source of food along with ponds and bird baths to provide a source of water. If your garden isn’t large or your short of time you can turn your garden into a five star residence by putting up a bird house. 

As natural food becomes scarcer during Autumn/ Winter the quickest and easiest way to attract birds is to put food out for them. Therefore quality seeds, nuts, fat, fruit and mealworms are all essential for a healthy balanced diet. Food should be regularly replaced to avoid it going mouldy or off and out of reach of predators. Birds become dependent on the food so never suddenly stop putting food out once you’ve started the process. 

Every day we are losing the variety of life that sustains our planet. If you are still lucky enough to see these threatened species in your garden then please give them a home! 
 

Starling

Starlings

Arriving autumn and staying all through winter, Starlings have declined 12% this year. Starlings need high protein foods and natural foods such as Mealworms or Dried Fruit. These threatened birds like to hop around the garden so lay them on the ground or in a bird feeder. If you have little garden then a window box would also be suitable.  
 

House Sparrow

Monitoring suggests a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, recently estimated as dropping by 71 per cent between 1977 and 2008. The House Sparrow will eat just about anything. Sunflower seeds, High energy seeds and Suet are the best. 
 

Song Thrush

A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. Song Thrush likes to feed on snails, sultanas, oats and Ground Mix.
 
House Sparrow

Bullfinch

When Bullfinch visit the garden they usually take seed from a hanging seed feeder or suet cake.

By providing a consistent supply of wholesome treats, you can be sure that birds will return to your garden again and again. The Alan Titchmarsh Wild Bird Collection is now available at www.petsathome.com and features a range of seeds, suet treats and mealworms to attract a wide variety of species. Each product comes with helpful tips on attracting and feeding birds, together with advice on keeping them healthy.

Seed Ranges 

The Alan Titchmarsh Wild Bird Collection seed range includes Seed Supreme, Robin Seed and Mealworm Mix, High Energy Peanuts and No Mess Seed, 1, 2 or 4kg bags. The energy-rich ingredients include maize, wheat, red dari, millet, pinhead oats and peanut granules. A rich source of oil and protein, all mix elements will be eaten by birds, leaving no messy debris.
 
Sunflower Seeds   
  
The 100-per-cent-natural dried sunflower head is attractive, nutritious, and fully biodegradable. The sunflower head encourages natural feeding behaviour. Watch the birds as they have to stay on it for longer to get the seeds out. Comes complete with handy hanging kit.
 
 
High-energy treats
 
 
The collection includes high-energy treats such as fat balls and suet blocks, perfect for insulating birds against the winter cold. Suet blocks are available in Seed and Mealworm, Berry, Fruit or Peanut flavours. You could also opt for 550g bags of pellets in Seed and Mealworm or Berry Treat varieties.
 
 
High-quality bird feeders
 
It's important that bird feeders provide ready access for birds, and can be easily cleaned, to help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease. The Alan Titchmarsh Wild Bird Collection includes state-of-the-art feeders that allow birds to feast in safety and comfort.
The Seed Feeder features advanced technology, new to the UK market. The built-in, easy-clean feeding ports help to prevent the spread of diseases. Simply pull them out, then slot back into place after washing with warm water, and the feeder is ready for use once again.
 
Window Feeder
 
The Alan Titchmarsh Window Feeder is ideal for those who like to watch birds from the comfort of their armchair. The feeder attaches to the window with suckers, and the innovative ‘anti-rot’ drainage system helps to keep mould at bay by letting water escape through holes in the base. The Window Feeder can be used with any of the Alan Titchmarsh seed or suet treats.
 

Note from the Editor

We are trying a range of these products at the moment, so far the birds in my Devon garden appear to be keen on them and keep returning for more. I will keep you posted as the season and weather conditions improve. It will be great to increase the range of species, and numbers of birds visiting the garden and I hope these products will help. 

Reported by Chris Allen  
   
 

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