Great Britain has a proud heritage of supporting its wildlife; feeding birds in particular. The first recorded person to feed wild birds in the UK was a monk, Saint Serf of Fife, who according to ancient records tamed wild pigeons by feeding them in the 6th Century.

During the harsh winter of 1890-1891 British newspapers encouraged people to support their local birds by leaving food out in their gardens. Then in 1910, feeding birds was declared to be a British national pastime by the very influential Punch magazine.

As you can see feeding birds as a hobby has a long history in the UK, and it is essential for the survival and maintenance of our local bird populations. It is thought that supplemental garden feeding helps support approximately 196 million British birds.

So how do bird feeders help?
In Britain, gardens account for approximately one-quarter of the total urban landmass, and the most significant factor for all birds is possibly the ready availability of food and water. Bird feeders in gardens can provide a great food source all year round. Providing good quality bird food and some freshwater can attract many species of birds regularly to your garden. The current estimate is that 133 British species of birds will use feeders. Over half of all bird species in Britain! 

So start playing your part in the conservation of our wonderful British birds and check out our bird feeder and bird food ranges. 

If you would like a lot more detail and statistics on bird feeding, have a look at this fascinating article published by Nature Communications and written by Kate E. Plummer ‘The composition of British bird communities is associated with long-term garden bird feeding‘.

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