British Garden Birds
If you have spent some time cultivating a bird friendly garden then you should soon start to see some of Britain’s most common garden birds visiting your bird tables and feeders and wildlife friendly plants.
These mini guides to some of our favourite birds to visit British gardens will assist you with their identification as well as help you find out more about each species. You’ll also discover what types of food will attract them to your garden.
For a more comprehensive guide to identifying British birds take a look at our bird identification guides where you will find detailed descriptions of over 170 British birds.
Blackbirds can be spotted foraging on the ground picking the grass and earth to find worms. They'll enjoy fruit left out for them on bird tables or the ground.
Blue tits' natural diet consists of insects, caterpillars, and beetles, but they'll happily eat from bird feeders, in particular nuts and sunflower seeds.
Chaffinches can be shy birds preferring to eat undercover. Sprinkle seed mixes near shrubs and hedges to encourage them to visit your garden.
Collared doves eat mainly seeds and grain although they'll occasionally eat berries and insects too. A high energy seed mix will attract them to your garden.
Dunnocks are primarily ground-feeding birds and flick their tail as they eat insects and spiders. Offer them some live or soaked dried mealworms for a tasty treat.
Sunflower hearts are a firm favourite with goldfinches. Fill up a special feeder and you should soon have a charm come flocking to your garden.
Great spotted woodpeckers typically feed by picking insects from the crevices in trees. Offer them a suet log feeder if you want them to visit your garden.
In the wild great tits eat mainly insects but they're common visitors to gardens and will enjoy tucking into nuts, sunflower heats, and seed mixes.
Greenfinches's beaks have adapted to feed on seeds so if you want to see these birds in your garden offer them niger and other small seeds, which they'll eat often side-by-side with goldfinches.
House sparrows have a diverse diet and will eat just about anything. Use up your leftover cheese, nuts, crumbs, and suet to make a delicious homemade fat treat.
Jays love acorns and other nuts and can often be seen carrying them to their winter stores in autumn. Try unshelled peanuts if you want them to visit your garden.
Long-tailed tits often feed in flocks and will readily feed from bird feeders, fat balls, and suet blocks.
Magpies are opportunistic feeders and will sometimes take the eggs and chicks of other birds. Divert their attention with kitchen scraps or even dog and cat food.
Robins can be very protective over food sources so give them their own special feeder filled with mealworms, raisins, mild grated cheese, and crushed nuts.
Song thrushes forage in leaf piles in search of caterpillars, worms, and snails. Leave berries and windfall apples on the ground to encourage them into your garden.
Starlings can be aggressive feeders and will often arrive at bird tables and feeders in large flocks. Suet-based foods will keep their energy levels up.
Wood pigeons will eat from a bird table sometimes not allowing smaller birds to get a look in. Put out peanuts, sunflower hearts, and seed mixes for a healthy all-round diet.
Wrens are very secretive and although they are the UK's most common bird can be hard to spot in the garden. Scatter some mealworms or slices of fruit smeared with peanut butter near the base of hedges and shrubs.