Hi all, I'm really new to the whole feeding the wildlife. I recently put out a feeding station in my garden and have 5 separate feeders containing mixed seed, sunflower seeds, fat balls, suet block and peanuts. I have a feeder tray which I've been putting dried mealworms in, however, within 5 to 10 mins of putting them out, they are gone.
I've got loads of coal tits (I think) and 2 Robin's that venture into the garden, but I fear they are missing out on the mealworms because I have 2 blackbirds and 2 magpies who come in and eat them all. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent this?
If possible could people also recommend what other types of food I should put out and in what? I've got two bird boxes in the garden but am hoping to add more, including a butterfly house, beehive and bat box. Eventually I hope to add other wildlife homes to the garden to get as much wildlife to visit as possible.
Morning Jade, as Tony says a ground guardian cage comes with pegs that you can fix into the ground to stop the cage moving and if you can find the pitched roof type guardian that will have sliders that will enable to you to adjust the mesh size to either allow blackbirds in and larger birds out or to not allow blackbirds in but only smaller birds.
The other feeder I found to be one of the best is THIS ONE which works well for mealworms; only smaller birds will be able to access the food and it was very popular with all our small birds. Takes them a day or two to recognise a new type of feeder but after that they were swarming in ! They are a bit expensive to buy these guardians and feeders but works out economic in the long run. good luck.
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