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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!

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  • Last updated: 25-08-2022
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How to Choose a Bird Feeding Station in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Consider the Size of Your Outdoor Space
  2. Opt for Hooks to Feed A Selection Of Goodies
  3. Choose a Feeder that is Practical And Complements Your Space 

1. Ground Spikes or Free Standing? Select a Station Based on Your Garden or Balcony

For a Reliable and Affordable Option, Choose Stations Supported by Ground Spikes

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. 

If You Want More Variation and Style, Consider Free-Standing Feeding Stations

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. 

If You're After a Feeder That's Smaller in Size, Go For Hanging Bird Feeding Stations

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! 

Opt For Attachable Stations if You're a City Dweller or Live in a House With a Balcony

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!

2. Look for a Feeder With a Large Number of Hooks and Holders if You Want to Offer the Local Birds a Variety of Delights

2. Look for a Feeder With a Large Number of Hooks and Holders if You Want to Offer the Local Birds a Variety of Delights

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.

3. Pick a Bird Feeding Station With a Style That Brings Your Garden to Life Such as Wood and Brass

3. Pick a Bird Feeding Station With a Style That Brings Your Garden to Life Such as Wood and Brass

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.

Compare the Best Bird Feeding Stations

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. The Hutch Company - Heavy Duty Anti-Fungal Bird Feeding Table for £33.99
  2. Crystals - Wild Bird Feeding Station for £21.97
  3. Riverside Woodcraft - Bird Table with Antibacterial Coating for £45.00
  4. Eva Solo - Glass Bird Table for £99.95
  5. Bronze Weather Resistant Garden Hotel for £26.90

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.

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The Hutch Company Heavy Duty Anti-Fungal Bird Feeding Table 1

The Hutch Company

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Crystals Wild Bird Feeder Feeding Station 1

Crystals

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Riverside Woodcraft Bird Table With Antibacterial Coating 1

Riverside Woodcraft

4
Eva Solo Glass Bird Table 1

Eva Solo

5
Bronze Weather Resistant Garden Hotel 1

6
ARESAT Swing Seat Hanging Bird Feeding Station 1

ARESAT

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Taylor & Brown Metal Clamp Bird Feeding and Bathing Station 1

Taylor & Brown

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Woodside Heavy Duty Wild Bird Feeding Tree 1

Woodside

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Honeyfield's Two Hook Wild Bird Feeding Station 1

Honeyfield's

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Nature Decor Acrylic Clear Window Bird Feeder  1

Nature Decor

Name

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

Features

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

Price£33.99£21.97£45.00£99.95£26.90£13.99£12.99£24.99£13.00£21.99
Support MethodFree-standingAlloy steelFree-standingSpikeFree-standingHangingClaspSpikeSpikeSuction cups
Storage Spaces1Spike521121423
Material(s)Wood6Wood, metal Glass, silicone steelBrass-effect plastic Wood-effect repurposed plastic, ropeMetal, plastic bowlMetalMetalPlastic
Dimensions60 x 60 x 134 cm170 cm high25 x 25 x 130 cm77.5 x 21.5 cm 105 x 50 cm 17 x 23 x 15.5 cm42 x 17.8 x 24.2 cm108 x 97 x 235 cm49 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm30 x 10.3 x 13.9 cm
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10 Best Bird Feeding Stations in the UK

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1

The Hutch CompanyHeavy Duty Anti-Fungal Bird Feeding Table

£33.99

Support MethodFree-standing
Storage Spaces1
Material(s)Wood
Dimensions60 x 60 x 134 cm
2

CrystalsWild Bird Feeder Feeding Station

£21.97

Material(s)Alloy steel
Support MethodSpike
Storage Spaces6
Dimensions170 cm high
3

Riverside WoodcraftBird Table With Antibacterial Coating

£45.00

Support MethodFree-standing
Storage Spaces5
Material(s)Wood, metal
Dimensions25 x 25 x 130 cm
4

Eva SoloGlass Bird Table

£99.95

Support MethodSpike
Storage Spaces2
Material(s)Glass, silicone steel
Dimensions77.5 x 21.5 cm
5

Bronze Weather Resistant Garden Hotel

£26.90

Support MethodFree-standing
Storage Spaces1
Material(s)Brass-effect plastic
Dimensions105 x 50 cm
6

ARESATSwing Seat Hanging Bird Feeding Station

£13.99

Support MethodHanging
Storage Spaces1
Material(s)Wood-effect repurposed plastic, rope
Dimensions17 x 23 x 15.5 cm
7

Taylor & BrownMetal Clamp Bird Feeding and Bathing Station

£12.99

Support MethodClasp
Storage Spaces2
Material(s)Metal, plastic bowl
Dimensions42 x 17.8 x 24.2 cm
8

WoodsideHeavy Duty Wild Bird Feeding Tree

£24.99

Support MethodSpike
Storage Spaces14
Material(s)Metal
Dimensions108 x 97 x 235 cm
9

Honeyfield'sTwo Hook Wild Bird Feeding Station

£13.00

Support MethodSpike
Storage Spaces2
Material(s)Metal
Dimensions49 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm
10

Nature DecorAcrylic Clear Window Bird Feeder

£21.99

Support MethodSuction cups
Storage Spaces3
Material(s)Plastic
Dimensions30 x 10.3 x 13.9 cm

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