Competition time: Kennedy Wild Bird Food Giveaway

During lockdown and the current restrictions I’ve teamed up with family run Kennedy Wild Bird Food for a guest blog post on attracting wildlife to your garden and a chance to win a bundle of bird food and feeders.

You can find out more about Kennedy Wild Bird Food here https://www.kennedywildbirdfood.co.uk/

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Great ways to attract wildlife to your garden

Many people strive for a beautiful garden, but no garden would be complete without the sound of birds chirping and singing. Birds, and wildlife in general bring sound, colour and charisma to a garden.

Not only that, with declining numbers of birds, butterflies and many other wildlife species, it’s more important that every for us to try to create habits (and food sources) in our garden for as many of the Great Britain’s beautiful creatures as we can.

It’s no easy feat attracting wildlife to your garden, so here are a few tips and tricks to help transform your garden into a safe little haven for all kinds of wild birds.

1. Ensure you have enough plants and shrubbery

This one’s an easy one for the keen gardeners out there this one is something you’ll definitely be onboard with, but it is a fact that manicured and empty lawns are not of interest to birds and smaller ground creatures. They need shrubs, trees and climbers to pique their interest and encourage them to make your garden their new home. In fact, hedges are of interest to the likes of hedgehogs as well as birds by adding in a place for them to nest. It also gives them the ability to catch their own food as lots of insects tend to arrive wherever there is shrubbery, plants and hedges.

2. Provide them with food

One of the easiest things you can do to attract wildlife to your garden is ensure they have a constant food supply. Once the birds and bees and everything in between begin to associate your garden with food, you’ll have friends for life. Use a variety of feeding techniques and locations to attract as many birds as possible into your garden. Some common visitors may include Finches, Tits, Starlings, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Hedgehogs and Robins.

A little tip: In winter fat balls provide a great calorie boost for hungry birds, and in the breeding season putting out sunflower hearts will provide an excellent protein source for birds with hungry chicks to feed.

3. Make sure they have a safe environment

Just as people like to feel safe in their homes, so do our little friends! Somewhere secure away from possible predators and harm will make sure your garden is not only a place to feed for these animals, but a place to live. Birds especially spend a lot of their lives avoiding garden and won’t stay around for long if they hear a purring cat nearby. So, a great idea is to position feeding stations around the garden and try to place these shelters and feeders in places where the cats can’t reach. Instead, raise the height and put these things in a spot where birds can get a good view of the garden at all times.

4. Ensure they have a clean water supply

Wildlife enjoy a relaxing bath as much as everyone else does, especially the birds. That’s why it’s nice to create a sloping bath in your garden, which will encourage some feathers friends to stop by and use it. Remember to keep the water clean and refill it as often as you can. Make sure the water doesn’t go deeper than 10cm and ensure to add some flat stone in the centre of the bath. If you want to go the extra step, try giving them a nice steppingstone so they can jump out and fly away if they would like to.

 

5. Nest Boxes

All wildlife can benefit from nest boxes, particularly smaller birds who struggle to compete with their larger friends for a home. It’s all about the location, after all, and birds and creatures will be grateful for the long-term shelter and homes. According to the Royal society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), over 60 species have used nest boxes in the past. The most popular users include the likes of Robins, House Sparrows, Blue Tits and Goldfinches.

TO ENTER

If you would like a chance of winning the bundle of the Kennedy Wild Bird Food and feeders pictured below to start attracting wildlife to your garden.

Just answer the following question:

What has been your favourite bird that has visited your garden during lockdown?

Kennedy wild bird food prize

Leave your answer in the comments below by 7th June 2020.

One lucky winner will be chosen to win this prize bundle, and notified on 8th June 2020. 

A massive thank you to Kennedy Wild Bird Food for donating the wonderful prize

Sorry – UK residents only

Good Luck and I can’t wait to hear what birds you’ve seen.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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35 Responses to Competition time: Kennedy Wild Bird Food Giveaway

  1. Hi
    Thank you to everyone for commenting about the birds in your garden.
    I put all of your names in a hat and pulled out a winner for the bird food.
    I have just contacted the winner.
    Thank you to everyone, I really enjoyed hearing the stories about the birds in your gardens.
    Alex

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  2. I am a big fan of the dunnocks. They seem to be the smart ones! While all the other birds are wrestling with each other at the feeders, the little dunnock just hoovers up all that seed that falls to the ground. Hooray for the dunnocks!

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  3. Dave G says:

    Pair of mallard ducks !

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  4. Betty GRIFFITHS says:

    I have a pair of very happy Blackbirds in the garden regularly and have loved watching them taking a splash in the bird bath.

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  5. Meg says:

    It’s been such a treat to have a male song thrush singing to us every day. We’ve got to know his routine as he appears to follow the sun starting on a east-facing ash tree as early as 5am and ending on a west-facing ash tree at 9.30pm. His song is filled with pure joy and happiness and fills the village airwaves, drowning out all other songsters. He sings such musically complicated phrases and repeats them to perfection. I’ve just loved listening to ‘Radio Song Thrush’ and will truly miss him when he stops. I hope has has attracted a mate and brings his family to our garden…

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  6. Sammy says:

    I love all the birds that come to the garden, but this year it has to be the blue tits. They’ve used the nest box above the kitchen window and now have babies and its just the best thing to hear the babies and see the parents going back and forth with the food!

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  7. I always love the long tailed tits, but since I’ve been putting sunflower hearts out I’ve had two goldfinches visiting the garden for the first time ever. I love seeing them on the feeders and hopping around on the grass. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve got yellow, red and black colouring so match the football strip of watford fc!

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  8. Heather A says:

    We’ve had the pleasure of having a beautiful female sparrowhawk visit…she’s visited our our garden a few times now.

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  9. My favourite would be; the male Sparrowhawk that swooped in & around the garden, after a male Blackbird, only for it to miss & be chased off by said Blackbird whilst doing its scolding-chink-chink-alarm-call! ☺️

    P. S. Great blog Alex! 💚

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  10. Sally says:

    We were very excited to have a female bullfinch visit our garden a week ago. Bullfinches are my favourite and my partner had only ever seen one before so it was very exciting for him too!

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  11. I would say something rare and exciting, but the truth is — my new best friend is a pigeon we’ve called Phil, who seems to never leave; he eats everything we put out, makes a racket, circles us whenever we sit in the garden and makes a mess all over the bird table! But somehow, he’s been constantly reassuring during this crazy time!

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  12. yorkshiretbag says:

    Great blog Alex very informative
    I can’t really choose but I’ve got to say greenfinch 🙂

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  13. J francis says:

    Firstly great blog Alex very informative
    I can’t pick because we’ve had such a good verity, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits,
    Dunnock, sparrows, blackbirds but if I had to pick it would be the greenfinch, it’s been
    A delight to have them all visit & continuing to visit

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  14. Gail Pitty says:

    It’s been great to see a flock of starlings, including lots of fledglings, regularly visit our bird feeders in the last few weeks. This is the first spring we have seen them in our Hampshire garden, and as numbers of starlings are in decline in England it is heartening to see them breeding successfully here.

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  15. quest473teamzizzou says:

    Sand Martin’s nesting in the eaves of my house, thankfully just out of range of my cats who make a racket when jumping on the conservatory roof when trying to reach the chicks!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. The flash of colour from the goldfinches has been a welcome sight.

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