Best bird feeders: attract wildlife and do your bit for the environment

Our pick of the best bird feeders are perfect if you want to attract wildlife to your garden. So, whether yours is an urban plot or a country idyll, choose one of these cute, quirky bird feeders

The best bird feeder: contemporary bird feeder from OPOSSUM design

On the hunt for the best bird feeder? Whether you're designing a wildlife garden in the city or making your country cottage garden more idyllic still, having a bird feeder can be a great way to attract wildlife to your garden, and if you’re a keen birdwatcher, you’re bound to see a lot more activity if you put seeds out for them to feast on. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best bird feeders for all types of gardens, both practical and stylish, so your feathered friends can feed with ease.

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What is the best bird feeder?

In our opinion, the best bird feeder is the Gardman 4 Arm Feeding Station, which not only provides space for birds to feed, but to drink and bathe, too.

It's easy to put together, aesthetically pleasing and a functional way to feed your local wildlife. Simply hammer into the ground and wait and see what you attract. Find out more below.

If you're really passionate about protecting local wildlife, you might also consider investing in a box for them to nest in. Browse our pick of the best bird houses to get started.

How to buy the best bird feeder

When it comes to buying the best bird feeder, there are a few factors worth considering before making an investment. These include:

Function

First, you'll want to think about what you're looking to achieve with your bird feeder. Do you want to feed anything and everything that will accept your offerings? Or do you want to create feeding stations with the specific feeds preferred by different breeds, as well as spots for birds to drink and bathe?

Do you have any pets?

If you, or your neighbours, own cats or dogs, you'll want to think carefully about investing in a bird feeder that's going to keep feed – and birds – out of harm's reach. Remember, cats can jump and climb, too, so be careful about your bird feeder positioning.

Do you want to make a feature from your bird feeder?

You'll also want to consider whether or not you intend on making a feature out of your bird feeder. If your garden is awash with confident birds, you may wish to opt for something that will be both in sight and attractive. However, if you're trying to encourage birds to explore your garden, something less attractive that can be tucked away should do the job.

The best bird feeders you can buy right now

The best bird feeder: Gardman 4 Arm Feeding Station

1. Gardman 4 Arm Feeding Station

Best bird feeder: a large feeding station that makes a feature for your garden

Specifications
Best for: Multiple stations for birds to feed, drink and bathe
Dimensions: Extendable up to 226cm
Materials: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Multiple stations for birds to feed, drink and bathe+Extendable up to 226cm
Reasons to avoid
-Some users suggest this is not a sturdy design

Attract all the birds with this Gardman 4 Arm Feeding Station. Featuring four different hanging feeders as well as two water dishes for bathing and drinking, it's perfect if you're looking to support local wildlife in more than one way. 

It’s easy to put together and looks aesthetically pleasing as well as being a functional way to feed the birds. Simply hammer into the grass to secure in position and wait and see what wildlife you attract. 

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the best bird feeder: glass sphere shaped bird feeders from John lewis & Partners

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2. Eva Solo Bird Feeder

Best bird feeder for design: stylish, glass balls that blend seamlessly into any garden scheme

Specifications
Best for: Design
Dimensions: H10 x W11 x D11cm
Materials: Borosilicate glass, Stainless steel, Silicone
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+ Hangs anywhere 
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for larger birds

Designed to resemble a weavers bird's nest, these stylish glass Eva Solo Bird Feeders will fit, seamlessly, into any garden scheme. Perfect additions to a garden, as well as a terrace or balcony, they make popular feeding stations for small birds. Plus, their glass design means you can see exactly what's going on with feeding birds inside.

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The best bird feeder: Rowlinson Laverton Bird Table

3. Rowlinson Laverton Bird Table

Best traditional bird feeder: a classic style, wooden bird table

Specifications
Best for: Traditional design
Dimensions: H172cm x W36cm x D36cm
Materials: Wood
Reasons to buy
+ Sturdy and stable +Traditional design
Reasons to avoid
-Could be climbed by squirrels

This Rowlinson Laverton Bird Table is sturdy and looks stylish for placement in any type of garden. It has a platform with a little roof which provides shelter for the birdseed so it doesn’t get wet.

It’s said to be easy to assemble, and won’t need planting into the ground as it has a base which allows it to stand freely. This is great for attracting little birds to the garden and the wood will wear well throughout the course of the year.

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the best bird feeder: white metal bird feeder by john lewis & partners

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4. Ivyline Cast Iron Bird Feeder

Best bird feeder for decoration: a decorative and dainty hanging feeder

Specifications
Best for: Decoration
Dimensions: H21cm x W33cm x D27cm
Materials: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Pretty design+Can be hung anywhere
Reasons to avoid
-Only suited to small birds

This little bird feeder wouldn’t look out of place in any garden, but we imagine it working particularly well in a smaller garden, hung from a tree or shed to attract more wildlife. It could also make a lovely gift idea for garden or wildlife lovers.

the best bird feeders: Hoop Bird Feeder

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5. Hoop Bird Feeder

Best bird feeder for fresh fruit and seed balls: give your local wildlife the gift of fresh fruit with this minimalist feeder

Specifications
Best for: Fresh fruit
Dimensions: H39.5cm x W20cm x D6.5cm
Materials: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for fresh fruit and seed balls+Minimalist design+Can be hung from anywhere
Reasons to avoid
-Cannot be used for seed

Simple, yet effective in its design, this Hoop Bird Feeder is perfect for those looking to feed their local wildlife fresh fruit and seed balls, as opposed to dried seeds and grain. 

Complete with a matching hook, this bird feeder will hang, almost undetected, amongst the trees. Plus, it's hand welded and finished with a matt lacquer, meaning it's sure to be protected from the elements.

This model comes in a lovely presentation box, making it the perfect gift for a friend, or loved one with an interest in wildlife.

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