How To Squirrel Proof Your Bird Feeders

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:18:05 Europe/London

If you're reading this, there's a good chance that at some point you've had some unwanted birds or animals getting at your garden bird feeders and you're wondering what you can do to keep them at bay.  It's a question we get a lot, so we've written this guide to help you understand the differences and choose the best bird feeder for you and your garden.

For some garden bird feeders, larger birds and squirrels can take large amounts of food.  As you can imagine, there are hundreds of feeders, many of which claim to be squirrel proof or pest proof, but often they’re not.  In this guide, we’ll talk you through the different feeders and provide some hints and tips to keep pests at bay.


How To Keep Squirrels Off Your Feeders

Squirrels are surprisingly clever when it comes to finding ways to get at free food.  Just a quick search on YouTube brings up hundreds of videos of the antics of squirrels attempting to get at bird feeders.  Here’s a couple of our favourites:



So how can you keep them at bay?  The easiest thing to do is to buy a good quality squirrel proof feeder.  These come in two main types;

  1. Spring loaded squirrel proof bird feeder
  2. Caged squirrel proof bird feeder

Spring loaded feeders have a small spring inside them, which causes the holes at the bottom of the feeder to snap shut when a squirrel or large bird lands on them.  Smaller birds aren’t heavy enough to trigger this mechanism, so they can feed as normal.  They’re effective, but as they have moving parts, they won’t always have the same lifespan as a caged feeder.  A good quality feeder will help you get many years out of your feeder.

Squirrel Proof Feeder (Open)Open Feeder

Squirrel Proof Feeder (Closed)Closed Feeder


Caged feeders are a simpler design, but can take up a bit more space.  The cage keeps squirrels away from the bird seed by simply putting the seed out of reach.

We stock a range of these feeders for all budgets, the most popular being the Squirrel Buster by Brome and The Nuttery’s Lantern feeders.


How To Keep Large Birds Off Your Feeders

Most feeders are designed to keep larger birds off your feeders by having a smaller perch. This makes it difficult for larger birds to feed.  Some of them are very canny though, so you could look to buy either a spring-loaded feeder, or a caged feeder, which aalong with keeping squirrels at bay, have the added benefit of keeping larger birds away.  Lastly, avoid putting your feeders close to handy perches such as branches that larger birds can use. One of our best selling feeders is The Nuttery’s large seed feeder.


What else can I do to keep unwanted birds and animals away?

Another way you can help keep squirrels at bay is by feeding a no mess mix.  When you feed normal seeds, you might notice birds leave a mess under your feeders.  Unfortunately, other animals might also notice this and investigate, leading to some admitedly fascinating squirrel antics, but ultimately stolen bird seed!

If you're getting a lot of wood pigeons at your feeders, you should consider switching to a good quality seed mix that has low or no wheat content, as wheat is particularly attractive to Wood pigeons and other pigeon/dove species.

Our No Mess, No Grow Mix is a mix of seeds with the husks removed.  It’s the husks that the birds would normally drop when they’re eating at your feeders, so this feed aims to reduce the mess and leave your garden tidy!


View Our Entire Range

You can view our entire range of squirrel proof feeders on our website.


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Guess The Birds To Reveal Your Offer

Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:58:44 Europe/London

This week, try our Bird Identification Quiz and test your bird knowledge!  We had over 500 responses to our last quiz,with a fantastic average score of 7.5/10, so this week we've decided to make it just a little harder.

There isn't a prize for this weeks quiz, but if you complete the quiz to the end, you might just find a little surprise.  A thank you from us for taking the time to play!  You'll find it after clicking on 'submit' on the final bird (there's 10 to guess).

Can you guess the birds in this week's quiz?


Terms and Conditions

Play the quiz and unlock a secret discount code for our website.  The code will expire on Sunday 19th May and is limited to one use per customer. The code cannot be used alongside other offers.


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Competition: Can You Guess These Birds?

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:25:45 Europe/London

This Competition Is Now Closed.

Thank you to everyone that entered our bird identification quiz.  We had over 500 entries into the quiz and although everyone that took part was entered into the prize draw, it's interesting to see that the average score was a fantastic 7.5/10!

From all of those entries, a winner was picked at random this morning (12th April).  Congratulations to Michael from Didcot, who has won the fantastic bird bundle below!


We've taken a slightly different approach this week and decided to test your bird knowledge!  We've collated photos of 10 birds, some easy - some hard (at least we think so!)

As a little incentive, we've put together the following prizes, all up for grabs just by taking part: 

Nature’s Market Hexagonal Slate Roof Bird Table £39.99
12.55kg Premium Mealworm High Energy Seed Blend £27.99
12.55kg Whole & Split Peanuts £18.79
12.55kg Niger Seed £18.79
150 All Seasons Fat Balls £13.29
Total Prize Amount £118.85

To enter the competition, just complete the below quiz by writing your answer underneath each photo.  We'll contact the winner via email, so please make sure you enter your email address correctly.  A winner will be picked at random from the entries and contacted via email next week.

If you want to discuss the quiz, drop us a message on our Facebook page.


Can you guess the birds in this week's quiz?


Terms and Conditions

Play 'Guess The Bird Quiz' to be automatically entered into a prize draw to win over £118 worth of wild bird goodies. Simply play the quiz between 7am, Tuesday 9th April and 11.59pm, Thursday 11th April 2019. The winner will be announced Friday 12th April 2019.


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Top 5 Tips to Help Migrating Birds in Your Garden

Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:03:28 Europe/London

With winter on the horizon and migration season in full flow, we take a look at top tips for how to help bird species that visit your garden - whether they be coming, going or staying put!

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British Flowers Week: How to attract birds into your garden

Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:31:10 Europe/London

With the right planting, you can create the perfect environment for garden birds – we take a look at some top tips.

Waxwing on Firethorn

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Bring on the bullfinches!

Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:06:43 Europe/London

These plump visitors can brighten any winter garden! Find out the best ways to feed them with our handy guide.

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Long-tailed tits on the loose!

Saturday, 28 October 2017 11:40:57 Europe/London

These tiny, fun-loving families are always welcome on our feeders. Find out how to bring them to your garden here!

Flock of long-tailed tits on a garden feeder

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How can I be Fair To Nature?

Sunday, 22 October 2017 16:15:49 Europe/London

Love Garden Birds is always looking for new ways to be kind to wildlife - find out the story behind your bird feed here.

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How to feed the starlings in your garden

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Chatty and lively, these multi-coloured birds are definitely fun to have around!

Starlings bathing

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