Everything we do at Haith's, we aim to make a positive difference. We make handcrafted bird food daily on-site that is healthy, natural and fresh - it's been Haith's way since 1937. Our bird diets are blended on the premises by bird seed specialists. Each specialist has years of birdseed expertise.
Our bird feeders come in all shapes and sizes including squirrel proof to stop grey squirrels raiding bird food. We stock peanut feeders, birdseed feeders, niger seed feeders, and squirrel proof feeders for bird feeding. Many of our bird feeders can be adapted with accessories to improve feeding results and save bird seed from getting wet, for example. If you have squirrels in your garden, consider a squirrel proof feeder as you’ll save money in the long run.
Bird feeding is one of the simplest ways to open your garden to wildlife and if you're just starting out, rest assured your garden will probably be full of birds in no time. Every garden bird enthusiast eventually turns their attention to nest boxes, birdbaths and bird health in general - often asking how to clean bird feeders and feeding stations.
I recently read that our 'exposure to green spaces contributes to our wellbeing' and I think we're all (hopefully) experiencing this for ourselves as we're encouraged to stay at home and protect the NHS.
The government advice, of course, acknowledges the importance of exercise and in the same article I read that, the "New Scientist magazine noted that a recent study found just two hours per week in green spaces boost physical and mental wellbeing by about the same amount as getting enough exercise." In addition to this, strange as it may seem, there are also reports that our exposure to 'videos and even photos of natural landscapes have some good effect' too – a kind of 'Surrogate nature' if you like, for those of us who may struggle to get physically out there amongst the natural world or might not have access to a garden / greenspace.
Taking a virtual approach to observing nature, therefore, could have big benefits to our mental health and - arguably - help reduce the stress we put on the planet because we can watch TV / online in sheer amazement (as an armchair naturalist) as David Attenborough explores our wonderful planet and we – in turn – can get some of the benefits without the travel. Less travel, less carbon and a healthier planet.
As a little experiment, I thought I'd film something from my garden and share it with you; please let me know how watching the film makes you feel. It's just blossom and birdsong, but I hope you like it.
Keep well and stay safe
Simon H King FLS
Source of the article I read: Dr Valerie Jeffries (FFON contributor)