Skip to content
Back Back to Insurance menu Go to Insurance
Back Back to Holidays menu Go to Holidays
Back Back to Saga Magazine menu Go to Magazine
Search Magazine

Get the most from your bird feeders

Paul Stancliffe

Once a bird feeding station is up and running, it is just a case of sitting back and enjoying the birds that come to use it. Here are five top tips to get the best out of your feeding station from the BTO's Paul Stancliffe.

House sparrows feed on a garden feeding station
House sparrows feed on a garden feeding station

Find what works for you

Provide a daily supply of fresh water, and experiment with different types of food and different types of feeders.

Keep feeder clean

Keep your feeding station clean to prevent the spread of disease; ideally bird tables and the ground beneath should be swept clean daily to remove droppings and any uneaten food.

Store food properly

Store your bird food in a clean, dry and cool environment, this will minimise the risk of fungal or bacterial contamination.

Buy good quality food

Buy your food from a reputable source, this way you can be sure that you are giving the birds the right type of food.

Wash your hands

Always wash your hands after stocking up or cleaning a bird feeding station.

For a free leaflet on Garden Birds, Hygiene and Disease write to, GBW, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU, or telephone 01842-750050.

British Trust for Ornithology:


Saga Magazine is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site or newsletter, we may earn affiliate commission. Everything we recommend is independently chosen irrespective of affiliate agreements.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.