You might me be an avid birdwatcher, you might not be. You might be one that sits on their garden storage bench enjoying the swarm of birds fly in as you leave out a handful of sunflower hearts or niger seeds for them to feed on. In this guide we review the 7 best bird tables for your garden. 

A proper, robust bird table is the minimum requirement to enable a successful feeding session. Location of the table is also important, you have to find a portion of your garden where there is little to no interference, avoiding anywhere too built up and allowing ample access to the sky and free air space. 

The surrounding of a tree is a great place to put a bird table because they naturally approach trees to rest. The roof should not be too low and the opening has to be the appropriate size for the birds to go through. You may even find birds start keeping the moss at bay, but if not, check out our review guide to the best moss killers.

While deciding what is important for the best bird table to serve as a bird feeding station, the construction is the most important thing to consider. The pole has to be high enough from the fall to discourage cats and squirrels from climbing up it.

The material has to be durable and easy to clean, with edges should not be too sharp so as to not hurt the birds. The material has to be durable enough to withstand winds, scratches from the claws of the birds and exposure to the elements. You may wish to remove your retractable washing line to make it easier for the birds to navigate to your bird table.

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Wildlife World Large Bempton Bird Table

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The Wildlife World Large Bempton Bird Table is an intricately designed birdhouse built from FSC approved timber from well managed forests. It is a large table based on the version called ‘Hanging Bempton’. 

The Verdigris copper roof reflects the night sky, and the body is finished in a slick-green cover. This is a great addition to gardens of all sizes. In addition, its versatile bracket means that it can be attached to most walls and fences and the table is a good size for most smaller birds.

The maintenance and upkeep of this table is easy, due to the ability of being able to unmount it. It also has a removable tray made out of recycled plastic.  It is natural for wood to move in different weather conditions and small cracks may appear in the paintwork which will not affect the construction.

A nice robustly built bird table that will certainly turn heads and work effectively and best for small birds.

Key Features:

Solid timber construction

Comes with sitting post

Year-round usage

FSC Certified

Specification:

Brand

Wildlife World

Table Dimensions

37 x 29 x 29 cm

Material

Wood & plastic

Colour

Green

Pros

Easy to clean & maintain

Can be left out all year round

Blends nicely with nature

Cons

Paint may be prone to flaking over time

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Gardman Wild Garden Bird Table

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This rather elegant yet traditional looking bird table is one that we recommend due largely to its ease of cleaning and all-round maintenance. The Gardman Wild Garden Bird Table comes with sturdy metal frames that help support a bird feeding frenzy and can ably support medium to large-sized birds.

This table comes specifically with a pole that can be driven into the lawn, allowing more flexibility in where you can prop it up. Additionally, the use of the metal pole and 185cm height ensures you don’t have to worry about cats or other wildlife running up it and attacking the birds. Though it may appear a little flimsy, the pole is made to withstand relatively strong winds, ensuring you won’t be out fixing it back into the ground every other day.

The table comes with various feeding and water trays like peanut feeder, two seed feeders, a suet feast feeder, birdbath support ring, birdbath and feeder tray. The tray is easily removed when it requires cleaning and just as easily put back after.

This bird feeding table is an approved product by the British Trust for Ornithology and Birdcare Standards Association, making it a great option to stand in your garden.

Key Features:

Assorted feeders

Sturdy metal frame

Specification:

Brand

Guardman

Above-the-ground Height

185 cm

Material

Plastic and steel

Colour

Black

Pros

Offers great support for large birds

Less worry about other animals climbing the pole

Easy to clean

Cons

Construction can be fiddly

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Fallen Fruits Wall Bird House

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This sleek and unimposing Fallen Fruits Wall Bird House is built to hang on walls and fences alike, managing a crowd of smaller birds. The lack of fixtures and fittings means that the simplicity is a huge factor of this feeder, removing any notion of preconceived stress to set-up.

The feeder is made of strong cast iron that the elements will struggle to damage, even over a prolonged period of time. Therefore the durability and long term use of this table makes it a favourite and provides exceptional value for money. You also need not worry about the iron rusting, as cast iron might rust on the surface but it does not impact the structural makeup of the table.

The easy set-up and long life of this bird table make it a favourite. You simply need to hang it to a wall or a fence with a nail, lay a bit of bird food on it and you’re good to go. The cleaning is easily done and the little maintenance this table requires means that this is perfect for those that don’t frequently go out into the garden.

Key Features:

Ironically the lack of features are because this is simply comes ready to use

Specification:

Brand

Fallen Fruits

Table Dimensions

24 x 12 x 24 cm

Weight

1.7 kg

Material

Cast Iron

Colour

Brown

Pros

Resistant to all weather types, including sun damage

Easy to maintain

Cons

Cannot support larger birds

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Riverside Woodcraft Triple Platform Bird Table

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We move from one ready-to-use bird table to another, with the Riverside Woodcraft Triple Platform Bird Table. We’re a huge fan of the modern day, wooden-finish bird table and the Riverside Woodcraft has duly delivered here. 

Constructed by hand here, in the UK, this triple platform wooden feeder comes readymade for use and wouldn’t look out of place in either larger or smaller garden. A classic garden-ready feeder, it is both multi-layered and versatile, supporting both small and large birds including crows, pigeons and magpies. The tough 3 inch thick wood remains stable, even in strong winds, ensuring its long lifeline.

Each element of this table comes fully assembled, it looks just as it does in pictures and prevents you spending any time getting it up and ready to go. It comes with a waterproof, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial coating to ensure greater resistance against the elements and a long shelf life.

Key Features:

Hand made in the UK by Riverside Woodcraft

Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial Colour Rich Coating

Weatherproof against all elements

Triple platform function

Specification:

Brand

Riverside Woodcroft

Height

Just under 6 ft (1.8 m)

Table Dimensions

50 x 48 cm

Material

Wood

Pros

Can support large birds

Great for withstanding the elements

Heavy duty stand

Cons

Design may not be to all tastes

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Riverside Woodcraft Rustic Timber Roof Bird Table

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Just like the previous table, Riverside Woodcraft Rustic Timber Roof Bird Table have produced this handmade Rustic Timber Roof model straight out of the UK. In spite of it having just the single platform as opposed to three, it is still able to support large birds including crows, pigeons, and magpies. 

The wood is made out of pine and has also been dipped in anti-fungal and anti-bacterial wood preserve, just like the table above.  The chunky wood it is constructed of makes for a stable platform, especially in windy conditions and the unique wooden side perches make this a good fit for all types of birds. 

The top half comes pre-assembled, saving you from the stress of piecing it altogether. It comes with a waterproof coating ensuring that it can battle the toughest elements to make it last longer and provide excellent value for money.

Key Features:

Hand made in the UK by Riverside Woodcraft

Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial Colour Rich Coating

Weatherproof against all elements

Specification:

Brand

Riverside Woodcraft

Height

1.6 m

Material

Pine wood

Pros

Can support large birds

Strong against tough outdoor elements

Cons

Design may not be to all tastes

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Hutch Ballycastle Bird Table

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The Hutch Ballycastle Bird Table is a simple yet unconventional looking bird feeder that is both beautiful and functional equally. The unique 6 sided hexagonal durable siga slate effect design is one we rarely see with bird tables and works well to provide a little shelter for the feed from rainfall. 

The size of the table has been built to accommodate larger birds, whilst the unique hexagonal, ergonomic design permits birds of varying shape can also all find a comfortable place on this table. It comes with a wide twist-out set of feet that are designed to ensure that the table remains stable in strong winds. It also comes ready-made and hand built in the UK.

In addition, the Hutch Company themselves also plant 2 trees for every 1 that is cut down, and engineer these models from sustainable forests in Great Britain. When delivered, it is ready-made and comes in 3 Parts for easy, stress-free assembly. The only slight negative we have about this is that the design of the table means that water can be prone to build up inside after heavy rainfall.

Key Features:

6 sided hexagonal durable siga slate effect

Twist out feet to ensure stability during high winds

Easy Assembly

Specification:

Brand

The Hutch Company

Table Dimensions

52 x 42 x 42 cm

Height

1.7 m

Material

Wood

Pros

Aesthetically pleasing

Built for larger birds

Resistant to the elements

Cons

Water can get inside

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Fordwich Black Rare Bird Table

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The Fordwich Black Rare Bird Table is the only one reviewed that comes fully assembled with an anti-pigeon/cat design which, in turn, helps it to attract smaller and, in some cases, rarer birds. It does its’ bit for the environment by being built by hand in the UK from low carbon FSC approved timber. Its simple, unimposing design makes it an ideal garden ornament and perfect for smaller birds. 

Though small in design, the table comes with a stabiliser that ensures it remains stable in very windy conditions. In fact, the company even say it is “100% windproof”, so this certainly won’t be a model you’ll be out having to re-assemble after a windy day.

The top comes fully assembled meaning little time is wasted getting it all set up and ready to go. It comes in two ready-made parts and works best for smaller birds. Finally, it has been created so that optimal viewing is when sitting down, making it ideal for the elderly.

Key Features:

Anti-pigeon/cat design

6ft extension can be added

Roof offers some protection against the elements

Stabiliser ensures it still stands against strong winds

Specification:

Brand

The Hutch Company

Table Dimensions

43.2 x 43.2 x 30 cm

Height

1.37 m

Pros

Ideal for the elderly to view sitting down

Tendency to attract smaller birds due to the design

Cons

Assembly may be a little fiddly