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Product review: National Trust Acorn Garden Bird Seed Feeder

Wednesday, 28th October 2015

The National Trust claims “The Acorn is one of the most beautiful bird feeders ever made,” and that it’s “crafted using only the highest quality materials.” Are they right?
Acorn Feeder

The Acorn is undeniably different and yet it has all of the features we’ve come to expect from its manufacturer, The Nuttery:

- Squirrel proof
- Safe feeding haven
- Integral food hopper
- Easy fill, easy clean
- Large 750g seed capacity

However, as the bird care market has grown the above features can be found on many squirrel resistant cage feeders, so what makes The Acorn worth its hefty £59.95 price tag?

Its 10 year guarantee offers a certain amount of peace of mind; however, again – ten year guarantees and even lifetime guarantees are popular (we already stock several).

The birds seem very happy to feed from The Acorn so that box is confidently ticked:
 
Birds are happy to feed from the Acorn

The Acorn has been designed in Britain and the National Trust claim that it’s “handmade”. We’d like to think that the British influence accounts for its good looks and the fact that it doesn’t look out of place in an autumnal bird garden.

Lots of manufacturers have tried to crack the “looks good – works great” space in the market and have failed dramatically. However, we think this feeder is most definitely up to the job and that’s why the National Trust is confident enough to put a ten year guarantee on it.

Why make it look like an acorn, though? To tie in with the National Trusts oak leaf/acorn logo – and to clarify this point, The Acorn has been proudly embossed with the trusts logo as shown below…
 
Trusted Brand

It makes sense for The National Trust to invest in British design as we imagine that an amount of the charity’s revenue has been invested into the feeder’s design and the likelihood is that a percentage of the sales value from each feeder will be re-invested in protecting National Trust properties (that said it would be nice if it said how much went back to The National Trust with every sale).
Stainless steel

The feeding zones have been carefully constructed in stainless steel, aluminium and polycarbonate.
 
Acorn feeder stand

The Acorn comes with a handy stand which makes the feeder easy to open and fill with seed. We couldn’t find anything on the box to explain what to do with the stand, however, now we’ve figured it out for ourselves, we can see that its inclusion makes perfect sense; after all this is an expensive feeder. The stand prevents it from falling over and makes it easier to fill with seed. There’s an additional appeal to this stand though as the proud recipient of this feeder can take it out of its lovely box (see below) and stand it proudly on the sideboard, like a trophy.
Acorn Boxed

In summary:

We think The Acorn has the right mix of practicality and good looks. It’s a rare bird feeder that manages to stand out for the right reasons and this one will most definitely have the next door neighbour reaching over the fence with feeder envy! It’s not cheap – but our feeling is that The Nuttery has probably invested a medium sized fortune to develop this feeder and hit all the high notes of safety, durability, ease of use, practicality, inventiveness, and the list goes on. It would make a great gift.

5 January 2016 update:

National Trust bird feeder scores 4/5 from The Guardian


 
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"Almost There" by
27 Nov 2017

This looks an excellent feeder, might even outfox the squirrels but sadly, like so many feeders, the rats would love it. There is nothing to catch the spills that the birds inevitably throw out or as the squirrels turn it upside down looking for a way in. Good effort but I think my search goes on.

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