Tips for Happier Birds Here are some tips on feeding birds in your garden, you can also get some great advice from the RSPB website, including how to make a bird bath. Our top tips and advice for happy birds! Cats love birds!! Ensure your feeders and bird tables are far enough from cat hiding places, but near enough to trees or bushes so that birds can make a dash for cover in case of Sparrowhawk attacks. Fresh waterBirds get very thirsty so enusre there is always fresh water for them to drink and bathe in Fresh waterBirds get very thirsty so enusre there is always fresh water for them to drink and bathe in NestingHelp birds make their home in your garden by putting up at least one nest box for them Tit bitsFeel free to put out any old kitchen scraps but try and avoid any salted or highly spiced foods Not too much...Don’t put too much feed out at any one time to make sure that it stays fresh and dry Mix it upWant some variety? Different birds like different feeds, so the more feeds and feeding accessories you use, the better. Keep it cleanBirds catch diseases, too!! Remember to clean bird tables, feeders and water baths regularly using mild disinfectant and rinsing well with clean water. Maximise the potentialUse a wide range of ground and hanging feeders as well as bird tables to maximise the amount of birds coming to feed and visit your garden. Timing is everythingFeed the birds in the morning and then again in the afternoon Don't stopIf you start feeding birds, Don’t stop – even in warm weather. Your birds will come to rely on your daily feeds. Change it upMove feeders and tables every now and again to avoid build-up of unhygenic deposits It's a virtueHave patience, birds may take a little time to be confident enough to settle and feed in your garden. The whole nutTo prevent the risk of young birds choking on nuts only put out the whole peanuts in a mesh feeder. Come to Bumbles and see what a difference being independent makes!