Birds & Bees
Not only is Birds & Bees bird food good for birds, with its ingredients sourced from environmentally-friendly farmers, but it should also benefit other wildlife given the company’s recent commitment to plant one foot of wildflower meadow for every new customer for their products.
Kate Humble, Birds & Bees ambassador and wildlife TV presenter, says, “The idea of a Britain without wild meadows, birdsong and the buzzing of bees is unthinkable. That’s why I’m really excited to be part of Birds & Bees; not only are we providing Britain’s garden birds with high quality food, we’re also helping to create wildlife habitats in the countryside.”
Birds & Bees is the brainchild of former Farmers’ Weekly Countryside Farmer of the Year, Rob Allan. Ten years ago at Upton Estate in the Cotswolds, he started a project to make space for wildlife and now has 150 acres set aside for this purpose. Large areas of mixed seed are grown for the birds to eat during the late winter and spring, and clover and flower-rich areas are cultivated to provide pollen and nectar for the bees.
“We’ve spent ten years transforming our farm into a haven for birds, bees and butterflies. Now we’ve launched Birds & Bees to help people do the same in their gardens. We’re excited to create a virtuous circle where people are supporting wildlife in their gardens whilst also helping with the creation of habitats in the countryside,” says Rob.
The bird food is sourced from the Upton Estate Farm and from other farms recognised for environmental stewardship and commitment to wildlife; these farms are also being paid a premium for their crops to further encourage investment in sustainable farming and restoration of habitats for wildlife.
The range includes seed mixes, fat balls, sunflower hearts, nyger seeds, mealworms and peanuts and prices range from the Winter Booster: £6.99 (2.5kg), to the Birds & Bees Winter Feeder Pack (2.5kg of high energy seeds, a metal feeder and a scoop): £22.97. Standard delivery charge is £3.50
The Birds & Bees range can be ordered direct from www.birdsandbees.co.uk