Garden Birdwatch

What Feeder?

There are a huge amount of bird feeders on the market and it can be difficult to decide what to buy. Whether you are new to feeding the birds or an experienced garden bird watcher it is always good to hear, from others, what feeders work best in their space. The ones I am showing are squirrel resistant and I rarely use thin plastic feeders as the these are quickly destroyed,

Below are a selection of feeders that I use here in my garden. I have highlighted the elements that I like about them. Some are just a few pounds, others are more expensive. As with most things, if it is something you use a lot, then it can be worth spending a bit more, to get something that lasts and performs really well. I will keep adding to this page and do contact me if you would like to recommend a feeder.

Top Tips

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Make sure your feeder is easily cleaned. Ideally, it should come apart. Feeder hygiene is very important for a healthy  feeding station.

If you have squirrels around, avoid feeders with plastic parts.

Big Easy Feeder

Jacobi Jayne

This is one of my favourite feeders. It may be a bit expensive, but will offer you years of use and is brilliantly easy to clean as everything comes apart.


Sturdy tube, squirrel resistant ports & large capacity

Seed tray available

2, 4 and 6 port available with good perching position

Comes apart completely for easy cleaning

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PestOff Feeder


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Weighted ports prevent squirrels & larger birds feeding

Different models for seed, fat balls and nuts

This really is squirrel proof and prevents larger birds dominating as well. Easy to clean and fill, its only downside is only 2 birds can feed at once. Again, a bit expensive, but worth it I think.

2 ports with perch expenders available

Comes apart  for easy cleaning

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Suet and Fat feeders


Fat Ball & Bar Feeders

Cheap & Cheerful from Wilco and B&M Bargains

A simple hanging cage for for fat squares

Budget fat ball holder

Budget suet log feeder

These are the generally the cheapest feeders as they are simply a cage to hold the product. These are all ones I have used.

Suet filled coconut feeders

Budget bird peanut bitter feeder

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Fat Ball / Peanut cake Guardian feeder

Squirrel resistant & longer lasting


Guardian Feeder

Squirrel proof, easy access for smaller birds

This is my favourite squirrel proof fat product feeder. The blackbirds and woodpeckers can reach the food. This feeder is on my live cameras.

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Multi 3-in1 Feeder

One feeder, 3 food types

If you have limited space or funds, a feeder like this can offer 3 food stuffs in one feeder. A bit tricky to clean, but good value. If possible get the one with metal ports. Cheaper ones are available with plastic ports

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Window Feeder

Perfect for getting up close to birds

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Comes apart completely for easy cleaning

Powerful suction cups

If you don't have a garden, or are working from home and would like to get up close to visitors, then a window feeder could be for you. I have tried many and this is by far the best! It live streams on my website.

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