5 of the best bird foods

It really is worth investing in quality bird food, even though it will cost a little more. High quality birdseed won't contain cheap fillers and husked seed. Both are wasted, causing a mess beneath your feeders and a magnet for rodents and other potential issues. Spend a little more and give your birds the energy rich treats they deserve. You won’t be disappointed.

If there’s one sure fast way of bringing your garden alive, instantly, it has to be feeding the birds. These wild creatures are the gardeners’ best friends and need all the help they can get. Add a bird feeder to your garden and you inject a fantastic source of entertainment.

Richard Jackson High Energy No Waste Bird Food
QVC

Premium products: Richard Jackson High Energy No Waste Bird Food

Bird lovers know that the secret to attracting lots of different birds to the garden is to buy top quality seed. Cheap bird food mixes are bulked out with low cost fillers like wheat, which is ideal for pigeons but not for garden birds. If you want one bird food that will attract a huge variety of birds all year round then look no further than the Richard Jackson High Energy No Waste Bird Food. It is packed full of 13 premium ingredients to provide maximum energy for minimum effort. That’s essential for birds, especially in the winter when they can spend up to 85% of their daytime feeding just to survive. Price £29.50 for 12.75kg from QVC (www.qvc.com), but look out for special offers.

Birds & Bees Sunflower Hearts
Birds & Bees

Energy rich: Birds & Bees Sunflower Hearts

Sunflower hearts are the perfect seed to feed the birds. Rich in protein and unsaturated fats, it’s a popular food for many garden birds. The Birds & Bees Sunflower Hearts are not only husk-less so easier for the birds to eat and digest, but they are also less messy keeping the area under your feeder free from debris. Buy the feeder and 2.5kg of sunflower hearts together for £13.95. For every new customer that signs up online, Birds & Bees will plant one square foot of wildflower meadow on its farm in the Cotswolds. See www.birdsandbees.co.uk or tel: 01480 443764.

Peckish Mealworms packet
Peckish Bird Food

Natural food: Peckish Mealworms

Many birds are insectivorous and can spend hours each day foraging for bugs to eat. You can mimic the natural diet of these birds by providing a source of mealworms. Add them to feeders, soak them in water and present them on a bird table, or scatter them on the ground for ground feeders such as wrens, robins, chaffinches, thrushes and blackbirds. Rich in protein and clean and easy to handle they make a tasty, nourishing treat for insect-eating birds. Price £4.99 for 175g from good garden centres. See more at www.peckishbirdfood.com.

CJ Wildbird Wicklow Peanut Butter Feeder
CJ Wildbird Food

High energy: CJ Wildbird Wicklow Peanut Butter Feeder

We all know that birds love peanuts, so it makes perfect sense to create an energy rich food based on this tasty ingredient. CJ Wildbird Food has created a range of Peanut Butter for Birds containing extra ingredients such as mealworms, husk free sunflower seeds and suet, but without the salt that the human versions contain. There are five Wildbird peanut butter blends and three styles of feeders that can be attached to a fence, post or a wall. CJ Wildbird Wicklow Peanut Butter Feeder £8.95 and Peanut Butter for birds Hi-energy £2.49. See more at www.birdfood.co.uk.

RSPB Super Suet Balls
RSPB

Super rich: RSPB Super Suet Balls

If you thought fat balls were all the same think again. Not only is it a huge ‘no no’ to present fat balls in little nets to the birds, but also some of the budget brands are bulked out with all sorts of oddities. It’s really worth making sure you only choose top quality ingredients to feed your garden birds. The RSPB Super Suet Balls are made from a softer suet with a higher fat content, so they are easier to eat and better for the birds. They won’t melt in hot weather, or go hard in winter and they also contain peanut flour, millet seed, and linseed. Opt for the Mealworm Super Suet Balls, which cost £2.50 for a pack of 6. See more at www.rspbshop.co.uk or tel. 0845 1 200 501.

Richard Jackson High Energy No Waste Bird Food
Birds & Bees Sunflower Hearts
Peckish Mealworms packet
CJ Wildbird Wicklow Peanut Butter Feeder
RSPB Super Suet Balls