Installing a bird table in your outside space will attract more of your feathered friends into your garden, and is a great idea for keen birdwatchers.
These bird-friendly structures can be filled with birdseed, nuts and suet, to help birds out throughout the year. Leave out the preferred food of your favourite species, to encourage these birds to frequent your garden more often.
Bird tables come in different sizes, styles and materials, but probably the most common type are freestanding wooden designs. The best bird tables provide a safe and secure platform for birds to feed, as well as an easily visible place for you to observe them.
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To help you choose a bird table for your garden, we’ve put together this list of 5 of our favourite options on the market. We’ve chosen bird tables that are sturdy, functional and stylish, and will appeal to both birds and homeowners alike.
Our favourite bird table is high-quality, durable, and made from sustainable timber
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Coming in at number 1 on our list of the best bird tables is this Home and Roost Kinloch Slate Bird Table.
It’s made from durable C24 graded timber, which is twin-treated with an antibacterial coating, to help keep birds healthy. The timber is sourced in Britain from sustainable forests, where 2 trees are planted for every 1 that’s cut down.
The roof is made from slate, which makes it robust, and resistant to weather damage. The design feels sturdy, without being heavy, so it’s still relatively easy to move it around your garden and try out different positions.
The bird table measures 171 x 58 x 58 cm, so it’s an appealing height for birds who want to avoid predators. It requires very little self-assembly – you simply need to attach the table to the stand with the included screw – which is great news for those users who have limited DIY skills.
We recommend that the finished bird table be anchored or pegged to your lawn, to make it more stable, and prevent it blowing over in high winds. There are no pegs included, so you’ll have to source these yourself.
It’s not the cheapest option on the market, but overall, we think this is one of the best bird tables available, and both you and your birds will be delighted to have this in your garden.
- Made from durable C24 graded timber.
- Timber comes from sustainable British forests.
- Twin-treated with an antibacterial coating.
- Slate roof protects it from the elements.
- High 171 cm stand offers birds protection from predators.
- Sturdy yet lightweight design.
- Minimal assembly required.
- Not the most affordable option.
- No pegs included.
Our best value bird table requires a little more self-assembly, but the finished product is sturdy, good-looking and affordable
If you’d prefer to spend your money on your birds’ favourite foods than the table they eat from, check out this very reasonably-priced Maypole Anti-Fungal Bird Table.
The stand of this bird table is 136.5 cm high, and the head is 36 x 29 cm. It’s a fair bit shorter than the Kinloch table, which might work in your favour if you want to place it in a sheltered location, such as by a hedge. However, bear in mind that the lower the bird table is, the more vulnerable your birds will be to cats, and other predators on the ground.
It’s made from timber, which is twin-treated with an antibacterial coating, to help prevent the spread of disease. Although sturdy, it’s relatively lightweight, and we would again recommend using pegs to anchor it to the ground if the location is exposed – although plenty of users seem to manage without.
It arrives in several pieces, and does require significantly more self-assembly than our top pick, but this is by no means a difficult process, and should take the average user around 1 – 2 hours. An electric screwdriver, and a second pair of hands to hold the pieces, would be helpful.
This is our most affordable bird table, and the price is really quite remarkable, considering the quality on offer. We think it represents one of the best value options on the market.
- Made in Britain.
- Uses wood from sustainable forests.
- Twin-treated with antibacterial coating, to prevent the spread of diseases.
- Sturdy and stable design.
- Low price – this is our most affordable bird table.
- Low height makes it less cat-proof.
- Not pressure-treated, so it would be a good idea to treat it with a preservative, for longevity.
- No pegs included.
This wooden bird table has a second platform, offering an extra place for feeding – but the low height might be a deterrent
Our next bird table is this Solid Wooden Table from Petsfit. It features a high-quality wooden construction, and has a waterproof asphalt roof, for added durability and weatherproofing.
The head of the bird table measures 35 x 27 cm, and the height is 128 cm. This makes it our lowest freestanding bird table, and as such may be more vulnerable to attacks from cats, and other predators.
There is a second platform on the stand, which offers an additional place for you to lay out bird food, and another location for birds to land – however, for those with lots of cats in the area, this might not be a good thing, as this platform is even closer to the ground.
This is another one which requires self-assembly, but this is an easy process, with decent instructions and all the necessary fixings included, which are clearly labelled. One flaw in the design is that there are no open channels around the table, to allow you to easily brush away old seed.
Other than that though, this is another high-quality and durable bird table, and could be an excellent choice for homeowners without a lot of cats in the area.
- Made from solid wood.
- Solid frame and structure.
- Sturdy tripod base and low height gives it excellent stability.
- Lower platform on the stand offers an additional place for feeding and perching.
- Easy to assemble, with all fixings and instructions included.
- This is our lowest bird table, and more vulnerable to predators.
- Difficult to brush clean, due to the lack of open channels on the table.
- Legs could do with braces, to allow you to anchor it to the ground.
A stylish hexagonal bird table, at a height that will keep your birds far away from predators on the ground – but it doesn’t come cheap
For those users who are concerned about cats, take a look at this XL Ballycastle Bird Table by The Hutch Company, which, at 172 cm high, is our tallest bird table. This means birds will be further away from predators on the ground, and should encourage them to use the table more.
Despite its considerable height, the bird table is sturdy, thanks to the twist out feet, which keep it stable even in high winds. It’s delivered in 3 pieces, and is easy to assemble in just a few minutes, so it’s ideal for those who aren’t too confident at DIY.
The bird table is made in Britain, and the timber is sourced from sustainable forests. It has an antibacterial coating, to help prevent the spread of disease among birds, and a dark grey/black slate-effect roof, which is both practical and stylish.
The head of the bird table measures 52 x 42 cm, and features an aesthetically-pleasing hexagonal design, that will look super sophisticated in your garden. We also think this makes the bird table appear more expensive than it actually is.
This is the most expensive bird table in our selection, but considering the superior style, safer height and extra stabilising features, we think it’s well worth the money. We’d recommend this for anyone who wants to add a stylish, tall and durable bird table to their garden.
- Stylish hexagonal design, with dark grey slate-effect roof.
- Made in Britain.
- Wood comes from sustainable forests.
- Tall height (172 cm) makes it safer for birds.
- Twist out feet increase the stability in high winds.
- Delivered in 3 parts, for easy assembly.
- Comparatively expensive – this is our priciest bird table.
This ornate bird table can be fixed to a wall or fence post, so it doesn’t take up valuable floor space in your garden
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Our final bird table is this Large Bempton Bird Table from Wildlife World. This option showcases a different style to all our previous bird tables, in that it’s not freestanding, and instead must be fixed to a wall, fence post, or another vertical surface.
This type of installation will not work for everyone, and will restrict where in your garden you can place your bird table. However, it could be a great choice for small gardens and patios, where space is tight, and it will also be less vulnerable to tipping over in the wind than a freestanding design.
It’s made from solid, FSC-approved timber, and features an intricate design. The yellow-green painted finish and copper roof give it a rustic charm, and ensure it will work with a multitude of styles, and become a focal point of your garden.
There are a few concerns with the longevity of the product, so it is recommended to treat the wood with varnish prior to placing it outside, to make it waterproof, and ensure this beautiful bird table will last for years to come.
- Solid timber construction.
- Made from FSC-certified wood.
- Ornate style, copper roof and green painted finish give it a rustic look.
- Includes robust side bracket, for easy installation.
- Can be mounted to a wall or fence, making it ideal for smaller gardens.
- Removable, washable hygiene tray makes it easy to clean.
- From a manufacturer that is committed to preserving wildlife and the environment.
- Requires a suitable wall or fence for installation.
- Needs to be treated with a varnish/sealant, to make it waterproof.
- Copper roof is not watertight.
How To Attract Birds To An Outdoor Table
To attract birds to your bird table, you need to make sure it’s visible, and that there’s enough space for the birds to land. Placing the table around 2m away from a hedge will help to make the birds feel safe, and secure from predators.
Birds are attracted to food, so you can try placing birdseed on the table, as well as hanging feeders nearby. Choose food to suit the season – in winter, birds need calorific options, such as suet, whereas in spring, high-protein mealworms can help busy mums feeding their chicks. Make sure to refill these regularly, so birds know that they can rely on your garden for food.
Making It Pigeon Proof: How To Keep Big Birds Off Your Table
Whilst some users are happy to feed pigeons and larger birds, others worry about them ‘bullying’ smaller birds, and blocking their access to food. If you want to keep these bully birds away from your bird table, there are several things you can try.
One of the most effective options is to cover the bird table in a wide-latticed, plastic-coated wire netting, which smaller birds can fit through, but larger ones cannot. This will stop larger birds being able to reach the table, and any food left out on it.
You can do the same with any nearby feeders, either by covering them with wire or replacing them with caged designs, which only allow small birds through. These measures will hopefully discourage these larger, more aggressive birds from frequenting your garden, as they will be looking elsewhere for food.
You can also replace the type of food on offer, with something that is less appealing to the problem species. For example, bread, corn and sunflower seeds attract many larger types of birds, so these could be replaced with more specialist foods, such as thistle, which appeals to finches.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.