Enticing a flutter of birds into your garden these days requires nothing more than a selection of suet, seeds and nuts for our feathered friends to gorge on. A bird table is a great, easy way to make food accessible to birds.
They’re strong, and the large stable surface makes it easy for all bird breeds to land on. Feeding stations, in particular, can be quite flimsy and hard for larger birds such as woodpigeons and blackbirds to feed on.
Despite being a better choice for some, there’s scope for you to make the wrong decision when purchasing a table. High-grade woods, a quality roof, bird security and frame stability are all hugely important factors that can make or break a bird table’s practicality and longevity.
You want something that will be protected from rain and bright direct sun. You also don’t want corners that are too sharp. Some cheaper models can also be dangerous when it comes to the fixings they use.
You also need to look for something that is easy to clean. Dirty tables can harbour bacteria from sick birds, spreading disease between birds. So, you need to be able to scrub with disinfectant and easily brush off the old seeds.
To help you make the optimum choice for the good of visiting birds and your garden, we’ve perused the market to find some of the very best bird tables available, from classic standing designs to more quirky wall mounted dwellings!