What To Look For in a Bird Tables
Hanging bird tables are better for smaller gardens. They can be placed anywhere that there’s a tree branch or stand.
Standing bird tables are best if you want something traditional and practical. They’re easier to clean than hanging tables, and they’re generally more accessible for replacing seed than hanging models. Look for a height of 130 – 180 cm, as this provides optimal viewing.
For standing tables, it can help if the base has horizontal support bars that rest on the ground. This is a feature of most of the tables on this page. Not only do these reinforce stability, they also provide a surface that can be pegged into the ground to stop the table from toppling.
If you want to stop larger birds, like pigeons and jackdaws, from eating at the table, look for small entryways and perches. Additional perches and platforms are nice to look out for in any case, to give different birds ample space to feed from.
You’ll notice that all of the bird tables featured below have an apex roof. This is one of the best ways to keep seed dry and stop it from rotting. The best bird tables have a roof that completely covers the platform, allowing rain to run off without pooling.
When it comes to construction, it won’t surprise you to know that wood is one of the sturdiest and longest-lasting materials for a bird table. Generally, the thicker the wooden struts, the more stable the table. Also, look out for FSC certified timber to know that the wood has come from responsibly-managed forests.
After researching six popular bird tables, I’ve chosen The Hutch Company Fordwich Rare Bird Table Retreat as my top recommendation. It’s a standing bird table made from solid, FSC certified timber and requires very little assembly. It’s 140 cm tall with a 43 x 43 cm base and has small entryways which can deter some larger birds.
For more details about this bird table, as well as some other good options, check out the reviews below.