Garden Bird Watching: How to Attract Birds to your Garden. Garden Bird Watching: How to Attract Birds to your Garden.

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Garden Bird Watching: How to Attract Birds to your Garden.

The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is just around the corner, where every year wildlife waters around the UK gather in their gardens to help the RSPB keep a record of how garden birds are doing. It’s as simple as it sounds, and you can sign up over on the RSPB website to get all the paperwork you need to take part.

With the government restrictions in place this year, it’s important to stick to your garden/outdoor space for your bird watching hour anytime between 29th-31st January. To help encourage some visitors, we’ve put together a short guide on how to attract garden birds so you can take part and see some truly wonderful British wildlife all from the comfort of your own home.


Leave out some fresh water for the birds every day (de-icing where required in winter temperatures!) in a shallow dish. A dinner plate, or a plant pot draining dish are ideal if you don’t have a water feature in your garden. Even a jar lid will do in small spaces.


The best way to attract birds of course, is to feed them! When putting bird feeders around your outdoor space, it’s important to remember that they need to be sheltered from the wind, high up but not close to bushes and fence tops (where cats and other predators can lie in wait to pounce!). It’s always better to put feeders in quiet areas too, so the birds don’t get disturbed whilst feeding.

What types of food do birds eat?

Wild bird food such as seeds, peanuts, and suet balls full of fatty goodness are perfect for winter feeding. Mixing up a variety of feeders and food will help encourage different birds to your garden, so Henry Bell have put together a handy guide if you’re looking to spot some of your favourite birds on the watch.

 wild bird food guide

Remember to record everything you see! And to help you set up your garden with a variety of tasty treats- we currently have 20% off selected Henry Bell wild bird food to keep you stocked up and your birds well fed.