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Woodstone® Seville 28mm Nest box Review

Pros: Innovative design using robust high-insulating material. Easy access for cleaning. Available in a wide range of styles, colours and designs. 10 year guarantee. Cons: A little on the heavy side… although once in situ that’s not really an issue and the weight actually makes the box more stable. Not….

9 top tips for feeding your garden birds

Robin -- feeding garden birds

During the winter short days and long nights limit the time birds have to forage, while at the same time natural food becomes more scarce. Our garden birds have increasingly come to depend on the food we provide as an essential supplement to what they can find for themselves at this challenging time of year. According….

Garden Bird Nestbox Resources

Blue tit approaching a nest box

After feeding our garden birds, the next best way we can help them is to provide them with safe sites to nest and bring up their young. On this page we’ve gathered some links and resources to help you provide nest boxes for your garden birds. Why provide nest-boxes for….

Make your garden bird-friendly

In this guest post Tony Manhart, founder and editor-in-chief at Gardening Dream, shares his tips for making your garden more bird-friendly. Whether young or old, many people enjoy birdwatching. It can be a relaxing way to pass the time, and it is interesting to learn about the different birds that….

Going wild at home: The Blackbird.


For the last few days, I have been watching a beautiful male blackbird in the garden. He arrives around the same time every day, flying up from the wooded valley that runs away from my house. I am not sure if my garden forms part of his territory or he….

Feeder guardian: keep larger birds and squirrels at bay

Rooks ignoring the Feeder Guardian

Feeding garden birds is a great way to give our feathered friends a helping hand and perhaps the easiest way to attract more wildlife to your garden. Here at IWHQ we feed the birds all year round, but with a rookery nearby it’s not unusual to see dozens of enterprising corvids descend whenever we….

Special Free Delivery Weekend promo from CJ Wildlife

Ireland's WIldlife Official Bird Food Partner

Need to order bird food for the holiday season? Our Official Garden Wildlife Supply Partner, CJ Wildlife, has a special pre-Christmas free delivery promotion running until midnight on Sunday. CJ Wildlife has a great year-round free delivery policy on orders over €50 — but for this weekend only they’re dropping that threshold to just….

Birdwatch Ireland Garden Bird Survey kicks off Monday

This Monday, 30 November 2015, sees the start of Birdwatch Ireland’s most popular survey: the annual winter Garden Bird Survey. Every year Ireland’s largest conservation NGO asks households across the country to record the birds visiting their gardens between the start of December and the end of February. How the Garden Bird….

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

An adult male chaffinch in winter

They say familiarity breeds contempt… and, in the case of the chaffinch that’s probably true. The male chaffinch in its full breeding regalia is one of our most colourful and striking birds. If it wasn’t for the fact that we see them so often we’d marvel at these colourful little….

Digging, for the birds!

Robin With Worm

Regular IW contributor Albert Nolan reflects on how a bit of winter digging benefits the bird life in his garden.   It was a day when you would have fought to have a shovel in your hand as the icy wind slipped easily through layers of clothes. I was finishing off a….

Gear Review: CJ Wildlife Apollo “Easy Clean” Seed Feeder

House sparrow enjoying the Apollo Feeder

Pros: Quality finish and materials. Robust construction. Easy and convenient to dismantle and clean (no tools required). Innovative “feeding rings”. Ventilation system keeps food fresh. Cons: None so far. Rating: Highly Recommended Price: from €21.95 for the 3-port feeder to €31.95 for the 7-port feeder An excellent all-round seed feeder that’s built to last from….

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)


The dunnock is a small brown bird that is a common, if rather shy visitor to many Irish gardens. Still referred to by many by its old name of hedge sparrow, the dunnock isn’t actually related to the sparrows at all. It is the only Irish representative of the accentor….