It seems that more and more people are waking up to the spiritually restorative powers of nature and wildlife, and many of us are doing what we can to introduce a little bit more of it into our lives. One guaranteed method of achieving this goal is to invest in a bird feeding station, which will allow our feathered friends to feed and bathe in your garden.
As well as deciding which snacks you want to provide for the local wildlife, you must also decide how you want your feeding pole, stand or station to look – after all, it's your garden it'll be sitting in! For a little help and a few ideas, check out our buying guide and bird feeder recommendations below. The early bird catches the worm, so let's get going!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive selection of the 10 best, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of bird feeding stations available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The Hutch Company
Taylor & Brown
Heavy Duty Anti-Fungal Bird Feeding Table
Wild Bird Feeder Feeding Station
Bird Table With Antibacterial Coating
Glass Bird Table
Bronze Weather Resistant Garden Hotel
Swing Seat Hanging Bird Feeding Station
Metal Clamp Bird Feeding and Bathing Station
Heavy Duty Wild Bird Feeding Tree
Two Hook Wild Bird Feeding Station
Acrylic Clear Window Bird Feeder
A Classic Table Brought Up to Modern Standards
All-in-One Feeder and Bath to Attract a Wide Variety of Birds
A Versatile Option Made With Rot-Resistant Wood
A Unique Station That Allows Great Feeding Views
The Perfect Balance of Beauty and Function
A Delightful Little Station Great for Small Gardens
Perfect For Gardenless Urban Environments
Strong and Heavy-Duty to Hold All the Feeders You Could Wish For
A Cheap and Cheerful Dual Station
Get Up Close And Personal With This Window Feeding Station
|Support Method||Free-standing||Alloy steel||Free-standing||Spike||Free-standing||Hanging||Clasp||Spike||Spike||Suction cups|
|Material(s)||Wood||6||Wood, metal||Glass, silicone steel||Brass-effect plastic||Wood-effect repurposed plastic, rope||Metal, plastic bowl||Metal||Metal||Plastic|
|Dimensions||60 x 60 x 134 cm||170 cm high||25 x 25 x 130 cm||77.5 x 21.5 cm||105 x 50 cm||17 x 23 x 15.5 cm||42 x 17.8 x 24.2 cm||108 x 97 x 235 cm||49 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm||30 x 10.3 x 13.9 cm|
Some of the most frequently found bird feeding stations at the lower end of the price scale are those supported by spikes that are driven into the ground, often further propped up by some form of stabiliser, sometimes included and other times sold separately.
The main selling of point of this variety is the price. Consisting solely of some hooks and a spiked pole, these are some of the most affordable feeders out there. If your station doesn't come with a stabiliser included, you may need to take this extra cost into account, but they're not usually very expensive.
The downside is the lack of variation in their appearance. There are only so many ways that one pole can differ from another! You'll have a choice of a different number of hooks, but most spike-supported feeding stations will be black and made of metal. You'll also need to make sure you have some soft ground to drive the spike into.
Moving up the price scale, we have the perhaps the most popular form, the free-standing bird feeding station. As the name suggests, these types of station are able to stand completely independently, whether it be through a series of legs or through having a wide base.
The great thing about free-standing bird feeding stations is how much choice you have when it comes to style, particularly where the wider base allows for more features up top. During our research, we've found tall, wooden models with cute little birdhouses perched upon them, and wider, brass models complete with flower planters.
The only real downside with a free-standing bird station is that you may have to pay a little bit more for it, depending on what it's made from, and it'll require some self-assembly once it arrives. It may also be slightly more at risk of falling over.
Next up, we have a type of bird feeding station supported, not from below, but from above – those which hang, usually from a branch or some sort of outside furniture, like a gazebo.
These stations are necessarily smaller in size so they can be hung without placing too much pressure on the supporting structure, but this lends them quite a charm, especially when made from wood and hung from a tree at the bottom of the garden.
Their small size means that hanging stations are usually quite affordable. Consider also that, because they remain suspended in the air, they're not at risk from anything on the ground – this means no chance of your feeding station being knocked over by overeager pets or excitable children!
Finally, there are stations that attach by clasp to some form of sturdy support, such as a wooden or metal railing. They're perfect if you live in a house with a balcony and, rather than feeding the birds at the bottom of your garden, are looking to entice the local wildlife to come a little bit closer to your home.
They're particularly revolutionary, however, for city dwellers, perhaps with no garden at all and just a balcony to call their own. The resultant wildlife will be more limited than in the country, but every little bit of nature helps, and you may be surprised by what birds turn up if you leave out some treats for them.
These feeding stations are usually smaller in size to prevent any risk of them falling off, but they should ideally have the option to support two trays, one for water and one for food – plenty to persuade the local birds to return for repeat visits!
Feeding stations come in a variety of sizes, but size doesn't always indicate how much space is provided for birdy treats. If you want to offer the local birds a variety of delights, in addition to the custom batch of bird seed, you'll want to look for a feeder with plenty of places to store these goodies.
Whether these additional storage spaces take the form of dividers and compartments for separating food or additional hooks for hanging extra feeders will really depend on the construction of the station itself, and you may need to take a glance at some of the product images to get an idea for how much it can hold.
If you're particularly concerned about being able to offer the local wildlife a variety of treats, then make sure you check how much space a feeding station provides for storing them.
There are squirrel proof feeders available if you are worried about other unwanted visitors getting in there and gobbling up all the goodies before the birds.
Shopping for furniture involves picking a style that complements the décor of your home, and the rules are no different when shopping for a new bird feeder – except this time, nature is your backdrop!
Naturally (no pun intended!), feeders made from wood always look fantastic in the garden, particularly when placed in close proximity to trees or flowers. Brass stations, also, while not made from a material that you'd expect to find in your garden, can work wonders to establish a tranquil outdoor space.
There are really no hard and fast rules here, and the choice is really up to you. For many people, functionality is more important than an attractive design, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your eyes out for a feeding station with a style that you can appreciate every day.
A bird bath with fresh water to drink, to wash and preen themselves in, is another great opportunity to attract more bird friends.
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|Dimensions||60 x 60 x 134 cm|
|Dimensions||170 cm high|
|Dimensions||25 x 25 x 130 cm|
|Material(s)||Glass, silicone steel|
|Dimensions||77.5 x 21.5 cm|
|Dimensions||105 x 50 cm|
|Material(s)||Wood-effect repurposed plastic, rope|
|Dimensions||17 x 23 x 15.5 cm|
|Material(s)||Metal, plastic bowl|
|Dimensions||42 x 17.8 x 24.2 cm|
|Dimensions||108 x 97 x 235 cm|
|Dimensions||49 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm|
|Support Method||Suction cups|
|Dimensions||30 x 10.3 x 13.9 cm|
Written and researched by Ben Willimett
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