Designed in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology, the Gardman Flip Top Fat Ball Feeder is a safer and more environmentally friendly way to offer fat balls to visiting birds in your garden.
While traditionally, fat balls have been fed to birds using mesh nets, birds can easily become stuck in these nets and suffer serious injuries such as broken legs. The Gardman Flip Top Fat Ball Feeder offers a convenient and safe way to feed your visiting birds' favourite Fat Balls safely and with less plastic. This feeder is suitable for most fat balls, including Gardman Fat Snax, Peckish Enery Balls and Bonn Fat Balls.
To encourage visiting birds to use this feeder, position is around 2m away from the closest area of safe cover. This will make sure that your feeder is visible to passing birds, while still offering a feeling of security to birds as they eat, as a safe area to hide is closeby.
It is important to take steps to ensure that feeders are kept clean to help to protect local birds from spreading disease between themselves. The food available to birds should be fresh and dry, with any wet food discarded on a daily basis. Wet or damp food can harbour harmful bacteria. Feeders and other areas where birds may gather in your garden, such as bird baths, should be cleaned on a regular basis, using a cleaning product that is safe for use around birds. We recommend Johnson's Clean 'n' Safe Bird Disinfectant.
Our top tips for encouraging more birds to visit your garden:
- Continue to feed birds all year round, as this will allow local birds to see your garden as a reliable food source, making them more likely to become repeat visitors. This also cushions the birds in your area from the impact of temporary food shortages, which can occur at any time of year.
- Provide clean, fresh drinking water beside your feeders. Access to safe water can be the difference between life and death for wildlife, particularly through the Summer and Winter months when sources of water can quickly become inaccessible due to freezing or drying up. We recommend using a self flushing Wild Bird Water Drinker or a bird bath to supply water.
- If you are new to feeding birds in your garden, please be aware that it can take some time for birds to start to use a new feeder.