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These http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/ground-protector-wide-mesh.html help keep the bigger birds away from any food on the ground.
The magpies used to come after the suet blocks we hung up, so we had to find other feeders to hold suet for the birds that like it.
Its kinda know your birds, the woodpigeons and crows in my garden like an easy life, and are quite happy to take food from my ground feeders. The Robin likes coming close to the house, so he/she gets mealworms in a dish outside the back door. The tits and house sparrows like getting in among the honeysuckle so I put the feeders in there for them. Being doing this for two years now and everyone seems happy,
My advice would be to try and enjoy all that visits, however I know some birds can be bullies so I would feed the larger birds like the crows and magpies in another part of the garden if you can. This will leave the seed feeders to the smaller birds?
I would also ask what you are feeding that's so attractive to the bigger birds? Let us know??
Generally sunflower hearts in a hanging feeder would only be attractive to your smaller visitors. If you are feeding bigger food on the bird table or ground then this may be causing your problem?
Shoot the magpies there are too many of them
Just declare that you're protecting chicks that are being raised. It's legal then!
I *think* that clause was meant to protect grouse being raised for rich prats to shoot for fun, but it doesn't *say* that.
I tried one of these for selective feeding but found that there was no size that wouldn't let something in but not out, so I kept having to let starlings or blackbirds out unless I set it so tight nothing could get in at all. Also, mallards can get their heads and necks in and reach the middle.
It's illegal to discharge a firearm within 50ft of the centre of a public highway so not a good idea in most gardens.
Tracey - I made a 'cage' on the ground with an old wire hanging basket. I have a fat feeder inside it as well, and it means small birds can get in to access the food and bigger birds like magpies and pigeons can't. (I put food out in the open for them) The dunnocks and robins love it, and I attach an apple to the front as well so that the blackbirds come in, and they can reach some of the food nearest the edges.
I'll try and get a pic tomorrow if I get a chance
That sounds good fairy, i'd love to see pic too
You can peg the basket to the ground using tent pegs, then the dog really can't get at the bird food
Smaller birds like to hide/sit on branches of near by trees/bushes, scout out the feeding area then eat. So providing planting like that will help. I find crows/magpies like open lawn areas then eat. So moving feeders towards bushes and higher up on branches would exclude them to an extent.
Here it is Tracey. It's one of those wall hanging thingies so it's against a square pot but a standard basket would do the job as well. Mine is on the remaining slabs in the garden which makes it easy to keep clean, but Dove's right - if you have it on grass or gravel you can peg the sides down to stop it moving. I have lots of pots round about it just now as the garden is still under re -construction,but they give a bit of shelter from the wind and weather!
And no - it's not a real hedgehog - it was my oldest daughter's when she was little and we're quite fond of it
What a good idea fairy, have a couple of those in the garage. Will make one those. Where did you get the little cage inside.