Ivel Valley Wild Bird Blog

  1. What Winter Birds Can You Attract To Your Garden?

    What Winter Birds Can You Attract To Your Garden?

    In the UK you would never know we are coming into the throws of Winter! The warm, sunny Autumn days are confusing to us and wildlife. As we look out across the farmland at Ivel Valley Farm, we have noticed how slowly the leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. They are almost suspended […]

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  2. 10 Fun Facts About Finches

    10 Fun Facts About Finches

    1. A flock of Goldfinches is called a 'Charm'. 2. Finches are very social birds and can often be seen socialising with birds of other species. 3. Although the Finch family is one of the largest bird families, Finches are actually one of the smallest in the world. 4. Goldfinches in particular move around rapidly […]

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  3. How To Keep Birds Fed This Winter

    How To Keep Birds Fed This Winter

    After an unusually warm, long summer and sunny start to Autumn, we can finally say welcome along to cold, crisp mornings and walks with crunchy leaves underfoot. Whenever Halloween approaches at Ivel Valley we start to think about what we can do in our gardens to ensure our neighbourhood birds are well looked after and […]

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  4. How To Care For Hedgehogs This Winter

    How To Care For Hedgehogs This Winter

    Prickly or Cuddly? As if hedgehogs fluffy like exterior and sweet, tiny faces were not enough to melt the hearts of many a nature lover - Did you know a baby hedgehog is called a Hoglet? We can hear the collective sound of 'aaahhhhhh' from the Ivel Valley offices. They get their names from the fact […]

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  5. How To Attract Wild Birds To Your Garden

    How To Attract Wild Birds To Your Garden

    Buy high quality bird food from reputable suppliers. Avoid cheaper mixes which have a high % of lower cost grains such as wheat and barley. Premium bird food mixes typically contain peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried insects and sometimes suet. Use specialist feeders to minimise waste and discourage vermin such as squirrel proof feeders. Site feeders in the open, but near enough to some […]

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  6. It's Not Just Cuckoos That Fly South For The Winter

    It's Not Just Cuckoos That Fly South For The Winter

    Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for many wild birds as they fly to warmer climates where they are guaranteed a plentiful supply of food. Although we lose many of our summer visitors including Swallows, House Martins, Warblers and Flycatchers, their place in the garden will soon be taken up by birds […]

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