13 Best Bird Tables [Buyer Guide]
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You might be an avid birdwatcher, or you might not be! Perhaps you’re the type of gardener who likes to sit on their garden storage bench enjoying the swarm of birds fly in as you leave out a handful of sunflower hearts for them to feed on and give them an area to settle and eat. For that reason, investing in a bird table should definitely be on your to-do list. Plus here at Konservatory, we think that bird tables make a nice decorative addition (if nothing else) to your outdoor space.
If you’ve never bought a bird table before, you might be wondering where the best place is to start. For example, the type of birds you wish to attract will affect what bird table you’ll need. The planned location of your bird table might also be something for you to consider, too. Along with both the type of birds you are wanting to attract and the location of the table, you should also consider the material it has been crafted from. The material of the bird table is especially important, as you will need to find out how durable it is for you and your garden. The material will also affect the visuals of the bird table, so you should bare that in mind too. Bird watcher or not, who wouldn’t want a beautiful flock of birds in their garden. So we think that getting the right bird table for your outside space is definitely an essential. In this guide we review the 13 best bird tables for your garden. We’ve also included some considerations at the bottom as well as an FAQ to answer any burning questions that you may still have. So, if you’re in the market for a bird table and want to learn more before you take the plunge and purchase one – keep on reading!
Wildlife World Large Bempton Bird Table
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.
Solid timber construction
Comes with sitting post
37 x 29 x 29 cm
Wood & plastic
Easy to clean & maintain
Can be left out all year round
Blends nicely with nature
Paint may be prone to flaking over time
Gardman Wild Garden Bird Table
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.
Sturdy metal frame
Plastic and steel
Offers great support for large birds
Less worry about other animals climbing the pole
Easy to clean
Construction can be fiddly
Fallen Fruits Wall Bird House
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.
Ironically the lack of features are because this is simply comes ready to use
24 x 12 x 24 cm
Resistant to all weather types, including sun damage
Easy to maintain
Cannot support larger birds
Riverside Woodcraft Triple Platform Bird Table
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.
Hand made in the UK by Riverside Woodcraft
Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial Colour Rich Coating
Weatherproof against all elements
Triple platform function
Just under 6 ft (1.8 m)
50 x 48 cm
Can support large birds
Great for withstanding the elements
Heavy duty stand
Design may not be to all tastes
Riverside Woodcraft Rustic Timber Roof Bird Table
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.
Hand made in the UK by Riverside Woodcraft
Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial Colour Rich Coating
Weatherproof against all elements
Can support large birds
Strong against tough outdoor elements
Design may not be to all tastes
Hutch Ballycastle Bird Table
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.
6 sided hexagonal durable siga slate effect
Twist out feet to ensure stability during high winds
The Hutch Company
52 x 42 x 42 cm
Built for larger birds
Resistant to the elements
Water can get inside
Fordwich Black Rare Bird Table
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.
6ft extension can be added
Roof offers some protection against the elements
Stabiliser ensures it still stands against strong winds
The Hutch Company
43.2 x 43.2 x 30 cm
Ideal for the elderly to view sitting down
Tendency to attract smaller birds due to the design
Assembly may be a little fiddly
Hutch Company Bath Universal Feather Edge Bird Table
The Hutch Company Bath Universal Feather Edge Bird Table is a sturdy and stylish bird table in a gorgeous natural wood design. It’s made in Great Britain and is quick and easy to assemble. Overall it comes with two parts in total which saves the hassle that often comes with DIY. The size is universal and can work to accommodate even larger birds. Overall a sturdy and attractive bird table which can work in any garden.
2 part table
Made in Great Britain
W 35 cm x D 35cm
Very simple to put together, even if you hate DIY this will take a matter of minutes
Can accommodate multiple birds
Colour and size may not be to everybody's taste
Maypole Anti-fungal Heavy Duty Bird Table
The Maypole Anti-fungal Heavy Duty Bird Table is a quaint and dainty looking bird table with a green roof and bright natural wooden colouring. It is treated so it prevents disease spreading in the wood, as well as to birds. This increases the overall life of the bird table – ideal if you’re looking for something that is low maintenance. It’s made in Great Britain and overall aesthetically and practically it’s a great bird table to own.
Lightweight table with minimum assembly time
Small and petite sizing - ideal for small gardens
Treated to keep fungus and bacteria at bay
W 360cm x D 290cm
This is excellent for smaller gardens as it's lightweight and takes up minimal space whilst still looking great
May be too small for some birds
Hove Fence Wall Mounted Bird Table
The Hove Fence Wall Mounted Bird Table is a beautiful bird table which you can mount onto a wooden fence or other material where you can safely secure it. The house design is large and spacious, easy to maintain and great even for larger birds that want to flock to your garden. It takes moments to assemble and overall is a handy piece of kit to have if you don’t want a freestanding bird table.
Treated with antibacterial coating
Simple set up - great if you don't have a lot of space
H 25.5 cm x W 26 cm x D 25.5 cm
H 50cm x D 22cm
This bird table is ideal for smaller gardens where you don't want a freestanding table
Easy to maintain due to antibacterial coating
Not ideal if you prefer to have a freestanding bird table
Natures Market BFSLATE1FSC Slate Roof Bird Table
The Natures Market Slate Roof Bird Table is a beautiful and quaint freestanding bird table with a contrasting roof. The scalloped design with the bright coloured wood can add colour and ambience to any garden. It is a spacious bird table which can also be used by larger birds as there aren’t any constraints to the overall design.
Slate effect roof
Freestanding bird table
H 152cm x W 28cm x D 40cm
Great if you want a centrepiece decoration for your garden as well as a place for birds to flock
Light and easy to move around
Slate may be noisy when birds land
Riverside Woodcraft Verwood Slate Roof Bird Table
The Riverside Woodcraft Verwood Slate Roof Bird Table is a quirkily designed table which is quaint and petite. It has some additional mesh as well as spots for birds to perch and you can observe them in your garden. It is easy to assemble and overall is a very modern and chic design which can add an extra aesthetic element to your garden (with the added bonus of bird watching).
Chic, modern design
Bright colours and suitable for all birds
Looks smart and stylish in the garden
Easy to assemble, even if you hate DIY
If you have a small garden you may not want a freestanding bird table
Riverside Woodcraft Hanging Bird Table
The Riverside Woodcraft Hanging Bird Table is a hanging bird table which is made of solid wood. It has a dark “slate effect” roof and thick infrastructure, making it durable even for larger birds. It’s easy to assemble and requires a couple of screws to ensure it can hook securely into place. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial treatment which means minimal maintenance overall.
Hanging bird table
Slate effect and contrasting wood colours
Treated wood to eliminate fungal growths
H 26cm x W 26cm x D 33cm
Great if you have minimal space in your garden and don't want a freestanding table
May come unhooked in adverse weather
A robust and well designed bird table is the minimum requirement to enable birds to have a successful feeding session. This is assuming that you don’t want to keep birds out with a large bird net.
Depending on the type of bird you want to attract, you need to think about many elements before purchasing your bird tables, here’s what we think is the most important:
Every bird table needs the perfect spot to ensure happy birds. If you choose a mounted bird table, this needs to be somewhere that is easily accessible and not hidden behind overgrown bushes or other foliage otherwise the birds will never know it’s there. You could place it near your outdoor bar table initially to attract birds.
While accessible to birds, it needs to be safe from other wildlife. If cats clock on to where all your birds are visiting and are able to jump up, it’s unlikely those little sparrows will want to return after a brush with death.
You probably want to discourage squirrels too, so if you are mounting on a tree or fence, choose somewhere that the entrance isn’t easy to access with climbing.
If you need a free-standing bird table, plastic and metal pole stands are the trickiest of those pesky little squirrels to climb. However, don’t underestimate them, if they want to get up there, they may still find a way.
The surrounding of a tree is a great place to put a bird table because they naturally approach trees to rest. You may even find birds start keeping the moss at bay, but if not, check out our review guide to the best moss killers.
Why not also consider building it near to a solar cascade water feature, giving the birds an area in which they can bathe as well as feed?
The material has to be durable and easy to clean, with edges should not be too sharp so as to not hurt the birds.
It needs 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. Finally, if it isn’t treated with an anti-fungal or antibacterial spray, you may want to purchase some weed killer to do it yourself.
You also need to consider what form of bird food will be placed on them, some natural woods can be the perfect place for some seeds to grow. When it’s damp outside, you could find something growing on your bird table without your knowledge.
If you are going to be feeding natural birds seed, it may be better to opt for plastic or metal.
Type of Birds
You may not be fussed about which birds visit your garden or perhaps you are trying to attract more of a specific breed.
You’d be surprised how much the table can impact who comes for dinner. If you want to entice smaller birds, then choosing a table with a small entrance and low roof will work best as larger birds aren’t able to land on these, leaving all the food for your favourite breed.
Smaller birds are also far timider than your typical garden pigeon so something with a covering or roof will make them feel safe and lead to them frequenting your table more often.
Different birds have different taste so it’s good to do some research into what you want to be serving. Some birds prefer larger nuts and seeds, while others prefer tiny ones. So, you need to make sure your food of choice fits into your feeder and birds can pull them through any wiring easily if they are large.
If you need smaller food, you don’t want this falling through any feeding holes and gaps either.
Be Prepared for Mess
If your garden is picture-perfect with not a blade of grass out of place, a bird table may not be for you.
Our feathered-friends have terrible table manners and will have no respect for how long you took to get your garden looking beautiful. Your garden will quickly become a rubbish bin to shelled nuts and seeds, not to mention the increased amount of bird excrement!
These can be an eye-sore for some and can also begin to sprout unwanted plants in your lawn if not properly cleaned up.
If you really do have your heart set on a bird table and want reduced mess, have a look into getting suet balls. There will still be some mess but it will be reduced. Unfortunately, not all birds like these.
Finally, it’s important to keep your precious garden furniture stowed away when attracting birds. Especially hammocks, its hammock stand and rattan furniture.
Common questions about bird tables
How Can I Attract Birds To My Bird Table?
Lay some of your birdseed on the ground around your bird table. Birds won’t naturally know there is food above ground level but will often forage around your soil.
Giving them a little helping hand to find their food’s location means they will soon know where to find their next meal and will gradually gravitate towards your bird table.
How Can I Deter Pigeons From My Bird Table?
Pigeons are notoriously greedy and will eat anything they can get their hands on. There is no real way to stop them from eating from your bird table as they have an appetite for everything.
The only way to stop them is to create a barrier that will prevent them from reaching your bird tables but still allows smaller birds in to feed.
Have a look at our guide on bird netting to find out what will work best for you.
How Can I Make A Bird Table?
There are many reasons why you may not find the right bird table so why not make one?
You can choose any shape or size you like but we would always recommend using wood as it is resilient to British winters and provides warmth for our feathered friends.
Give it a go and follow our guide on how to make a bird box.
What Food Can I Put On A Bird Table?
This all depends on what kind of bird you want to attract to your garden. Our ultimate guide to common garden birds is a perfect place to start when searching for the perfect birdseed.
Remember, birds’ diets need variation throughout the year. In the winter they rely on fats and protein to keep them warm through the cold spells, so it is important to mix up what you are giving them.
Can I build my own bird table?
Yes! It is definitely possible to build your own bird table. Here we’ve linked a video explaining everything you need to know before you get started.
If you’d like to learn a little more about bird tables, we’ve also included some further reading for you here.