We all love to see birds in the garden, from robins in the winter to cheeky blue tits hopping around the bird feeder. Depending on where you live, you might also see some more unusual avian visitors if you’re on a migratory path. If you live in the country, you could also have game birds like pheasant or grouse paying a visit.
If you live in the town, though, you may have less chance of feathered guests dropping in for a pit stop – so add some life to your outside space with our pick of the top ten bird themed outdoor accessories.
1. Sugar bird, The Edge Company
We love these intricate little birds mounted on garden stakes – hidden in a border or hedgerow, they’re the next best thing to real birds in our garden. They come in a range of different birds, so why not get a whole flock? Made from powder coated galvanised metal and mild steel, they’ll weather down naturally to a pleasing shabby chic finish. £35 from IN-SPACES.
2. Bird door bell, Anticline
In this electronic age, sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit more traditional. This attractive cast iron door bell with its pretty bird and olive branch design and ringing bell will certainly fit the bill and will bring a touch of French country style to your home. Part of a range from Anticline, a small company based in Perpignan in South West France. £28.50 from Boutique Provencale.
3. Bird thermometer, Pluto
Just stick this little bird bird to the outside of your window with the suction pads, and he’ll tell you the temperature outside without you having to venture out. £10.99, from the Scandinavian Shop.
4. Cast iron bird twine holder, Dobbies
Keep garden string handy with this cute bird holder, £6. Ideal for ‘perching’ on a windowsill or shed shelf, it means string won’t get lost or tangled. Available from Dobbies Garden Centres, more information from www.dobbies.com.
5. White bird tealight candle holdr, Cloth Ears
How sweet would a whole flock of these little metal birds look hanging in the branches of a tree or against a wall? If you don’t have anywhere suitable outside to hang them, they’d also look good in a window. Was £8.99 each, now £6.99 each, from Cloth Ears.
6. Tall melamine cup with vintage bird print, Rice
This colourful melamine cup is perfect for summer picnics, garden parties and alfresco dining. It’s also ideal for children to use indoors or out. Part of a range by Danish company ‘Rice’, it’s durable and dishwasher safe. There’s a range of different designs, all decorated with vintage-style bird prints. £7.50 each from The Oak Room.
7. Wire hanger bird feeders, Green & Blue
These stainless steel wire frame bird feeders are designed to provide alternative feeding stations in your garden. They clip on to branches of up to 15mm diameter and are ideal for feeding suet balls, bread and fruit to wild birds. £10 each from Green and Blue.
8. Antique white bird key hooks, Melody Maison
Made from cast iron and painted in antique white, these key hooks are ideal for hanging in the shed to keep smaller tools safe and clean. Slightly distressed to give an aged look, the hooks feature four birds in different poses. £10.95 from Melody Maison.
9. Wiggle duck and duckling, IN-SPACES
These ducks are made from stretched coiled wire is cross wrapped around a frame resulting in a wonderfully wiggly animal. The wire is nickel plated, but will weather down attractively if kept outdoors. £10 for the ducking and £20 for the duck from IN-SPACES.
10. Painted ducks, Majeurs Chesterfield
These gorgeous shabby chic painted ducks are almost too nice to keep in the garden, although they would look lovely waddling up stone steps or perched cheekily on a garden table. £38.99 from Majeurs Chesterfield.