where to site bird feeders

Where to Site a Bird Feeder

A bird feeder positioned in a well thought out location, well away from noise and predators will be far more attractive to birds. Plus it will provide more enjoyment to you and your family. Birds will only feed in locations where they feel safe so it's important to find the right spot.

blue tit

Here are our top tips on things to consider when positioning your bird feeder:


  • Feeders that are next to busy main roads, footpaths or children's play equipment will be less busy than those in a sheltered quiet area. Try to pick a quiet spot in your garden to attract the most amount of birds to the feeder.


  • Position feeders at least 2m from cover, to prevent cats and other predators from hiding and waiting to pounce!

  • A good vantage point is very important to birds to see any oncoming threats. It's a good idea to think about shelter such as shrubbery or trees so they feel safe, but you don't miss out on the view


  • Make sure birds are able to find your feeders, by positioning in a location where birds in the sky can spot them as they are flying past

  • Good visibility also allows birds to see if the feeder is currently too busy. A great way to do this is with a feeding station


  • Make sure that you can see feeders from your favourite garden seat, kitchen window, or wherever you enjoy watching garden birds. Not only will this benefit you, it also means you're more likely to spot when a feeder needs re-filling!


  • Make sure the area directly underneath the feeder will not create an eyesore if it gets covered in bird droppings. It's also a good idea to rotate feeders around the garden to prevent a build up

Water Source

  • Sometimes the provision of water is overlooked. But birds require this to both drink and bathe in. It's a good idea to place a bird bath a few feet away from your feeder to provide them somewhere close by. But far enough away to keep it clean