With so many bird food products out there, and with such variety in price, what should you look for in a bird food supplier? And how does Ivel Valley Bird Food tick all the boxes?
Quality wild bird food products are about proper nutritional ingredients. Typically, wheat seed is one of the cheapest bird seed ingredients and is featured heavily in low cost mixes. You may be tempted by low cost, high volume products, but they often feature wheat that accounts for in excess of 70% of the mix.
This can lead to larger birds like pigeons or magpies overwhelming your feeding station and warding off smaller bird species.
Insects and Dried Mealworms are also regular ingredients in high-quality seed and suet mixes, including those produced here at Ivel Valley Bird Food. Whilst these ingredients demand a higher price, they typically attract a greater number of wild bird species.
Everybody talks about sustainability and it is absolutely critical that, as farmers, we look after our soils and produce our products in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Our Ivel Valley farms span the width of central Bedfordshire and produce seed to the LEAF standard (Linking the Environment and Farming) - this is an environmental standard ensuring that we grow and harvest produce in a sustainable way. For more details visit www.leafuk.org.
Growing & Making
We make, mix and pack all of our own suet products, so we know exactly what high-quality ingredients goes into them.
Every single suet mix is tried and tested here on our Bedfordshire farm. We keep a close eye on which species of birds are eating each product. This gives us the opportunity to identify which ingredients work and gives us a good idea of how each product fares in different types of weather.
We also grow much of the seed used in our mixes. This various from season to season and can include sunflower seeds, millet, linseed, and quinoa.
To make sure we do the best for birds, we have a fully qualified ornithologist on our team. Mike Smith has an MSc in Ornithology from Birmingham University and specialises in the supplementary feeding of the UK’s wild birds.
We also work with local wildlife enthusiast, Dave Parsons, who spends much of his time recording the wildlife that we have on the farm and in the Bedfordshire area. Dave’s knowledge is incredible and he helps us to identify many of the birds, mammals and even insects we spot in our fields.
We offer Next Working Day Delivery with DPD on all orders placed before 2pm on week days. DPD have been voted the best courier in the UK for 6 years in a row in Money Saving Expert's customer satisfaction survey, so we’re confident they are the best courier to deliver our products.
Making our own products means we’re constantly learning – and there’s no better way to improve than to listen to our customers. We rely on feedback to constantly improve our products and give all of our customers the opportunity to leave us a TrustedShops review after their order has been delivered.
We read new reviews each morning and discuss all feedback, good or bad, in regular quality meetings with our production team.
Customers can also contact us directly, by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01462 813260, with any thoughts on how we can improve our products or service.