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Best Wild Bird Feeders for 2020

Part of welcoming nature and wildlife into your outside space involves attracting birds.

Many breeds are in sharp decline, but having a safe suitable environment in which they can feed will boost their numbers in your area and secure their future.

Plus, welcoming them to your garden can help to control insects, pollinate plants and eat the seeds of weeds before they have had a chance to sprout.

Your perfect garden bird setup will depend on the birds which you have visiting, your particular outdoor area and whether you have pests or cats.

These are the best wild bird feeding stations, for all needs and outdoor spaces.

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    Our Top Picks

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    Denny International Wild Bird Feeding Station
    • Comes with four feeders
    • Easy to assemble
    • Perfect for multiple birds at once
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    Peckish Secret Garden Dual Seed Wild Bird Feeder
    • Antique weathered traditional design
    • Tray design to catch seed
    • Double space for more birds
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    Squirrel Buster Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
    • Humane weight-based mechanism
    • Available in various sizes for specific birds
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    The Top 10 Wild Bird Feeders Reviewed

    1.
    Denny International Wild Bird Feeding Station

    An entire feeding station not only gives your birds somewhere dedicated to go (keeping them away from your windows, trees and walls), but it also allows you to provide a variety of food and water in one place.

    With this station, there are four hook feeders and two trays, one for seed and one for drinking or bathing water. The spike on the base will allow it to go smoothly into the ground, to ensure it is secure and causes minimum damage. The powder-coated steel frame will remain in good condition even throughout rain, wind and all of the other weather types thrown at us.

    It is easy to assemble, with all of the bits just fastening together or hooking on/wrapping around the pole. As a bonus, you also geta Seed Feeder, Nut Feeder, Fat Ball Feeder and Suet Block Feeder, so it is great value. Perfect for any beginners, or anyone who wants their birds all in one place so they can birdwatch.

    Features

    • Comes with four feeders
    • Easy to assemble
    • Perfect for multiple birds at once

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 57 x 57 x 170 cm
    • Food Type: All
    • Materials: Steel
    • Birds: All

    2.
    Roamwild Arch Window Wild Bird Feeder

    A window feeder is really handy if you are stuck for outside space but still want to welcome birds, or if you want to be able to identify them up close.

    The good news is that it has ultra-strong unique spring-loaded dual suction technology that will not fail, no matter how many birds start pecking at it at once. It also won’t be affected by weather conditions.

    It can hold 2 litres of seed, reducing the frequency in which you have to top it up and also reducing the likelihood they will miss a meal. The arch design in the middle means no seed can get trapped in awkward corners or seals, and it will also keep flowing down until it is empty.

    There are multiple perches so a few birds can feed at once, and it has been designed to leave a space under the perches so they don’t soil the food. To fill it up, just lift the lid and pour the seed. It will all click apart to wash and go together again easily.

    Features

    • Strong window suction cups
    • Easy to refill
    • Multiple birds can feed at once
    • Seed can flow through to bottom easily

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 30 cm
    • Food Type: Seed
    • Materials: Polycarbonate plastic
    • Birds: Small

    3.
    Peckish Secret Garden Dual Seed Wild Bird Feeder

    You want a hanging bird feeder which can go on a tree, or on your existing feeding station pole, and attract small birds as opposed to larger breeds. You also have quite a few birds visiting at once, and by the time the sparrow family have finished, the robin has given up trying to squeeze in.

    This feeder features two seed tubes, which means double the available food, and there is also a little tray on the base of them both where the excess seed will gather, allowing others to hop on and get some grub too.

    The tray also ensures no seed drops on the ground, which can attract pigeons and pests. It also means no seed is wasted, and small birds stay away from the ground in case of cats. The ring means it can hang from any surface, and the hard-wearing material will be good in bad weather conditions (and with over-exuberant birds).

    Features

    • Antique weathered traditional design
    • Tray design to catch seed
    • Double space for more birds

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 14 x 25 x 27 cm
    • Food Type: Seed
    • Materials: Metal, Polycarbonate plastic
    • Birds: Small

    4.
    Gardman Flip Top Seed Feeder

    This traditional small bird seed feeder is perfect for attracting a few birds at any one time. It is durable, easy to clean and can hold 450g of seed mix, 430g of peanut bites or 300g of sunflower seed.

    You can remove the base to take it all apart and clean, which is vital to ensure the birds do not spread disease. Some other similar seed feeders have large chunky bases where the seed can get trapped in between this and the outer case, which can be a nightmare to get out.

    Because it is quite big with four holes and perches, it is great if your garden is overrun with birds and you don’t want any to miss out. And, because of the flip-top, it is simple to top up without taking it off and adjusting it.

    We will admit it isn’t the strongest, being made from plastic, but is a good price for the size and will last a while if properly cared for and if it is part of your feeding station as opposed to the sole source of food. If the perches went right through it could be made stronger, but small birds shouldn’t pressure it anyway.

    Features

    • Four feeding holes
    • Easy to clean as no seed can get trapped

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 15cm
    • Food Type: Seed
    • Materials: Plastic
    • Birds: Small

    5.
    Gardman Wooden Ground Wild Bird Feeder Tray

    Ground feeding is best for larger birds, such as wood pigeons and magpies. Feeding station poles will attract them, but their weight could cause damage and stop smaller birds eating.

    But ground-feeding does come with risks, from damaging your lawn to attracting cats and pests. Therefore, getting a tray like this will solve most of your problems. It is large enough for big birds to sit at and happily eat, but no seed will fall through the mesh. This can leave the hanging tubes for smaller birds, or they can all have enough room to feed as a family.

    It is made from FSC Certified Timber, so will withstand bad weather and sitting on your ground. And, you can put a mixture of foods onto the mesh – it will hold 1.1 kg seed mix, 1kg peanut bites, 480g sunflower seed, 1.1kg peanuts, 3.3kg suet treats, 720g mealworm or 12 fat balls.

    Be aware that it isn’t completely cat- and pest-proof, so have some other systems in place to ensure these aren’t attracted, but it is perfect for giving ground-feeding birds such as blackbirds and thrushes a bit of extra protection.

    Features

    • Large surface area
    • Made from solid wood
    • Can be used to catch food from hanging feeders

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 27 x 19 x 10cm
    • Food Type: Any
    • Materials: Wood
    • Birds: Any, Ground-Feeders, Large Birds

    6.
    Peckish Secret Garden Energy Suet Fat Ball Bird Feeder

    A suet ball holder has to have larger gaps in order for small birds to be able to peck at the good stuff.

    Made from sturdy metal, it will withstand birds gripping onto it and swinging away,  and it also gives it a bit of an antique weathered look.

    It can accommodate up to four fat balls, which should give a few days feed, and the top is easy to remove so it can be filled up again when ready.

    Small birds will be able to hang from it, but if you want to stop bigger birds, keep it away from areas they can perch on.

    Features

    • Weathered look for the right look in the garden
    • Nice size to fit multiple suet balls

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 25 cm
    • Food Type: Suet balls
    • Materials: Metal
    • Bird: Small

    7.
    RSPB Premium Nut Bird Feeder

    This peanut feeder from the RSPB is nice and long to be able to fit a good stock in, ready for the morning feed.

    The powder-coated aluminium fittings offer strength and protection from the weather, and the hoop means it can be hung from a tree or suitable wire handle.

    As it is from the bird charity, 100% of the profits go towards helping birds again, so not only are you assisting the ones which visit your garden but ones all around the country too!

    It has a lot of user praise for being very strong and sturdy and has lasted longer than a lot of previous nut feeders for most people.

    Features

    • Strongly built
    • Pretty rain and weather resistant
    • Charity benefits

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 38 x 15cm
    • Food Type: Peanuts, Similar Food Bits
    • Materials: Metal
    • Birds: Small

    8.
    Hove Fence Wall Mounted Bird Table

    A wall-mounted feeder is ideal for anyone with limited outside space, or if you’d like to place the feeder nearer to a nesting site.

    It can also be fitted to a fence and is designed to be able to fit well into the look of its surroundings. Thanks to the little roof, it should stop bigger pesky birds from going onto it, and it has an Anti-Bacterial Marcide Coating to prevent disease spreading.

    Made from C24 Construction Timber, it is heavy-duty and the felt roof allows water to just run off so it shouldn’t become damp or rotten. The fitting holes come pre-drilled, and it is fully assembled so you can get it up in no time.

    Features

    • Keeps big birds out
    • Rain falls off roof
    • Comes assembled and ready to fit

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 25.5 x 26 x 25.5cm. Bracket H50 x D22cm
    • Food Type: Seed, Nuts, Suet
    • Materials: Wood, Felt
    • Birds: Small

    9.
    Natures Market BF008S Seed Feeder

    Pigeons are part of the bird family and often do no harm, but they can be a pain if they are eating all of the food you are putting out for more endangered or smaller breeds.

    This seed feeder is advertised as being squirrel-proof, but reviews say it keeps away those big birds too as they can’t quite get in to reach the seeds. Smaller birds can fit in the gaps, and use the perches to eat away.

    There is a big hook so it can be fitted to tree branches, hooks or bird tables, and there are four holes for multiple birds so none have to wait in a queue! It receives high marks for being weatherproof, and can also stop the likes of crows and jackdaws.

    Features

    • Secure guard around seed
    • Multiple feeding holes
    • Easy to fill without taking apart

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 15cm
    • Food Type: Seed
    • Materials: Metal, Plastic
    • Birds: Small

    10.
    Squirrel Buster Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

    You only want to keep out squirrels – and wouldn’t mind giving larger birds no option but to go elsewhere too.

    While many squirrel-proof feeders keep anything but a small bird away by use of a big ugly cage around the feeder, this one is clever. Anything bigger than a small breed is shut out by the clever mechanism that adjusts in seconds to exclude larger birds and other pests.

    It does this by shutting off the feeder ports if too much weight is on the perches, so is humane yet fully preventative. And, the Seed Tube Ventilation System lets fresh air enter the tube. Hot, humid air escapes at the top, keeping seed cool, fresh and appealing to birds until it is all gone.

    The perches are comfortable so they can feed for as long as they need to without losing balance or getting tired little claws, and it is all chew-proof which helps with weather resistance too.

    Features

    • Humane weight-based mechanism
    • Available in various sizes for specific birds

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 33.5cm
    • Food Type: Seed
    • Materials: Metal
    • Birds: Small

    Buying Guide

    Types

    • Hanging/Tube – These will usually hang from a tree branch, dedicated feeding station, or even just a hook attached to a surface. You can buy them to take bird seed, peanuts, or suet balls. Good for smaller birds
    • Ground – These sit slightly off the ground despite the name. There is a screened bottom, to prevent seed from actually going onto the ground – which can help your lawn, and ensure they stay away from anything you’ve put on it. Don’t use these if you have feline visitors
    • Window – A window feeder uses suction cups to attach to a glass window or similar. Great if you don’t have a large area for them to feed in, or if you want to have a closer look at what is coming to your garden

    Material

    Ideally, a bird feeder should be metal. This will give strength and sturdiness, both when they are feeding and in bad weather. It is less likely to break or get damaged.

    If you choose a wooden feeder, look for something weather-resistant and which is stained or painted, in animal-safe material. Plastic is usually fine, but can be nibbled by squirrels and other pests, and isn’t always as stable.

    Bird Breeds

    Some methods will be best for certain breeds.

    Consider the type of food your visitors like, for instance, if you have blackbirds, they eat insects so may like suet balls or mealworms. Also, consider how they feed. Hanging up a small fat ball holder for a blackbird makes no sense as they are ground feeders and won’t grip on to something high up, but smaller birds who can cling on to wore mesh will love swinging from a peanut feeder.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    What is the best food for bird feeding?

    You can generally buy peanuts, suet (energy) balls, mixed seeds, mealworms or suet pellets.

    Different birds like different foods, for instance, birds who eat insects love suet which is a mix of beef fat and seed.

    Small birds will like smaller seeds for obvious reasons. If you have particular breeds which visit your garden regularly, research what will attract them.

    Which bird feeder will stop starlings?

    Starlings are part of the bird world and often get a bad rap, but if you also have smaller birds visiting your garden, they often don’t get a look in with the swarms of starlings pushing their way in and eating everything first.

    We will be honest with you here – we saw several advertise themselves as starling-proof but a whole host of user reviews said that they still kept coming. Cages which can keep out pigeons and squirrels often don’t work.

    They’re clever and small enough to get near feeders made for smaller birds. To stop the starlings, professionals say that a slightly more difficult project usually has to be undertaken which will involve putting out the food they don’t like, and clearing away potential nest areas.

    But there is a good chance you don’t want to stop them feeding and coming altogether, as they still need food and numbers are in decline. You especially shouldn’t rid possible nest areas in this case. A feeder with very narrow chicken wire around it may help, but some can still get their beaks through and you don’t want to stop other breeds.

    So, we are afraid to say that providing enough variety of feeding stations may be the only way! Starlings will likely favour a ground feeder as it is easier for them to use, which may leave hangers to the little ones. You could also put some food out for them to eat, wait until they have gone elsewhere and then fill up the rest.