Review: Bird Food Gift Pack From The RSPB (Competition Ended)
A great selection of quality bird-food for your birds this Winter.
For the longest time I have been an avid bird watcher, probably not in the binocular sense, but I love to watch birds in the wild; I love to see them in the garden feeding in the winter or flying to and fro from tree to tree in the spring and summer feeding their young. I love to hear birds sing and there’s something that’s really joyful about birds. This world would be a sad place without birds. In fact we need them to survive.
ROBIN Ray Kennedy (rspb-images.com)
Blackbirds Kaleel Zibe (rspb-images.com)
In the Winter we especially need to look after our native wildlife, making sure they have somewhere to go, something to eat and keeping water topped up when the temperature drops below a certain level.
Fieldfare Kaleel Zibe (rspb-images.com)
Birds are such a big part of our ecosystem, and without birds in the right balance, a lot of the web of life would go into chaos – yes that is how important birds and all creatures are.
RSPB bird care product. Nigel Blake (rspb-images.com)
So for the final day of my ’12 Days of Christmas’ here at ‘Kelly Martin Speaks’ I wanted to introduce the organisation which is the pioneer for birds (and so much more), in the UK. The RSPB – Royal Society For Protection of Birds.
Unfortunately, as urban sprawl increases, as motorways are built and as farming changes, nature is being impacted. We humans are taking away their rightful homes, so it is only right that we correct this imbalance by protecting nature and the bird species who need somewhere to live, somewhere to eat and bring up their families also, much like we enjoy.
And one lucky reader will get the opportunity to win a starter bird seed kit and get a lot of enjoyment out of the birds this winter.
The RSPB – What Do They Do?
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with their partners, they protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. They also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Nature Needs Our Help
“Sixty per cent of UK species in decline, groundbreaking study finds”.
A report this year by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations stated that 60% of UK species are in decline, so it is even more important this winter and throughout the year that we take care of the bird population and all of nature around us. With the help of the RSPB we can all do this.
This WINTER (from the RSPB)
Giving nature a home
Winter can be hard on your garden wildlife – food’s hard to find, water freezes over and biting winds send a chill down the spine of even the toughest of birds and beasts. The RSPB is asking you to help make this winter a little bit easier on wildlife by taking steps to give nature a home where you live. No matter how big or small your outside space, there’s something you can do to make a difference – whether it’s putting up a bug box to offer some shelter from the cold or braving the weather to make sure your bird bath hasn’t frozen over. It’s also the perfect time for planning your garden for next year so spare a thought for your wild neighbours and include some wildlife friendly features in your plans.
To find out more about how you can give nature a home where you live this winter and to download your free guide, visit RSPB Free Nature Guide.
Request your Give nature a home guide packed full of simple, fun activities to help wildlife where you live.
It’s free and available for download or free postal delivery.
FOOD for Birds in the Winter – Cheap Is Not Always Better For Birds!
Some cheaper brands of bird food contain fillers that are wasted so you may think you are saving money buying cheaper bird food but you may end up throwing it away once it goes mouldy or the birds don’t touch your fat-balls. Alternatively do check out the RSPB site on what to feed birds HERE.
Along with good quality bird food you can also use a number of foods you find around your home including uncooked porridge oats, cake crumbs, potatoes, grated cheese and also soft fruit.
Best selling bird food!Tired of sweeping up husks and shells the birds leave behind? This bird seed is a carefully balanced, best-selling, no-waste, no-mess blend of sunflower hearts, kibbled maize, husk-free oats and canary seed for seed feeders, bird tables and ground feeding. Most garden birds love it. Use all year round.
2.25 kg Table mix
Attract several species of wild bird to your bird table or ground feeding area all year round – especially those that can’t use feeders. RSPB Table bird seed mix contains black and striped sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, husk-free oats, kibbled maize and wheat and it’s especially appealing to robins, finches, house sparrows and blackbirds. Also widely enjoyed by birds capable of using feeders.
2.25 kg Feeder mix
RSPB Feeder mix is a great value wild bird seed blend that we’ve designed for putting into tubular seed feeders all year round. It’s a nutritious mix of oil-rich black and striped sunflower seeds, husk-free oats and canary seed, that’ll attract many garden birds such as blue tits, great tits and greenfinches.
550 g Fruity nibbles
Just about every garden bird loves to feast on these high-energy nibbles. Made from over 35% juicy raisins blended with top quality UK-made suet and cereal. Use all year-round.
Fruity nibbles are a great alternative to peanuts. They can be fed from a wire mesh nut and nibble feeder year-round. As they don’t have the choking hazards of whole peanuts, they are also suitable for feeding loose from tables.
One 500 ml RSPB hanging bird cake
The essential ingredients in our high-energy bird cakes are suet and finely chopped peanuts, with a choice of added ingredients. This bird cake is packed-full of insect pieces. Each 500 ml suet bird cake has internal supports, making it easy to hang from a hook, or they can be fed from a suet feeder.
RSPB Starter seed feeder
This is a great first-time bird seed feeder, designed for people who are new to feeding birds and don’t have squirrels in their garden. Made from polycarbonate tubing, with polypropylene fittings.
Each item is carefully formulated to provide optimal energy and nutrition.
Blackbird – Blackcap – Blue tit – Chaffinch – Collared Dove – Great Tit – Greenfinch – Goldfinch – House Sparrow – Long-tailed tit – Robin – Siskin – Song thrush – Starling – Wren
I love this kit, great for someone starting out or someone wanting to replace bird food and key products. The bird cake looks so nutritious and the bags of bird seed should take you through a good period of time during the winter. The fruity nibbles should attract a great range of birds into your garden and you will feel happy knowing you are giving the birds exactly what they need for their health and well-being this winter season.
Unlike some shop bought bird food, you will find no fillers and the RSPB do not believe in putting bird cakes or fat balls in netting that birds can get trapped in, to me this is a real bonus. The feeders look lovely in the garden. This is a really substantial starter kit.
If you are looking for something for the wildlife enthusiast or you simply want to encourage nature into your garden check out the follow products from the RSPB shop.
Gardening For Wildlife
RSPB Gardening for Wildlife – With “how to” guides, the top 400 garden plants for wildlife and lists of essential jobs for every month of the year, this is the perfect guide for getting butterflies in your flowerbeds, frogs in your water feature and birds in your bushes.
Wildlife world wildflower seeds – Selected with nature in mind, these wildflowers will add a burst of colour to your outdoor space and are irresistible to wildlife.
Ladybird and insect tower – The perfect hidey hole for your garden mini beasties.
Decorated apex nest box – Provides shelter from the cold through the winter months, and a family home for raising young in the spring.
All of the above can be purchased at RSPB Shopor by calling 0845 1 200 501.
You can also support the RSPB in a number of other ways including joining the RSPB, shopping online, donating and more.. Click Here To Support RSPB
If you like what you see in this review, you can purchase bird food and other products to take care of your local wildlife from RSPB Click Here (in the UK) and you can find out all you need to know to look after birds and nature from the main RSPB site HEREYou can also keep up to date with the RSPB on Twitter HERE, Facebook HERE, Podcasts HERE and join in with the RSPB Community HERE
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I would like to say a great big thank you to the RSPB
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MERRY CHRISTMAS & may 2014 be full of blessings for you! GOOD LUCK!
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Kelly Martin is the author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You – Saying Goodbye To ‘I’m Not Good Enough’ , a passionate writer and blogger questioning life’s illusions. After what seemed like a decade of intense anxiety, feelings of failure and grief from the loss of her father she chose to take a mindfulness path and has not looked back since. Kelly encourages people to find the treasures that lie within the pain and suffering and to learn to see themselves as ‘enough’ exactly as they are, right now through her writing and You Tube channel.