Feeding your garden birds is a thoroughly enjoyable activity for the whole family. It also helps to ensure the preservation of many increasingly endangered small songbirds. Of course, in order to hygienically and efficiently feed your garden birds, you’ll need to search for the best bird tables.

Often you’ll be drawn to a bird table on looks alone. After all, they are also popular lawn ornaments. However, you should be wary of choosing merely by looks alone. Ideally, bird tables are designed to keep larger birds and predators at bay, thus providing protection for small birds, as well as keeping your bird seed dry.

In order to help you decide and find the right table for the birds in your garden, we’ve reviewed some of the most popular bird feeding tables available. So, read through our in-depth bird table reviews and buying guide to find out everything you need to look for when you buy yours.

Our Favourite Bird Tables Compared

Editor's Choice
Fully Assembled Fordwich Rare Bird Table Retreat
Best Heavy Duty
Maypole Anti-fungal Heavy Duty Bird Table Hand Built in the UK
Best Tall
The Hutch Company XL Ballycastle Bird Table with Anti Bacterial Coating
Best Slate-Effect
Home and Roost Kinloch Fully Assembled Slate Bird Table with Anti Bacterial Coating
Fordwich Retreat
Maypole Hand-Built
Ballycastle XL
Home & Roost Kinloch
Head Dimensions
43.2 x 43.2 x 30 cm
33.5 x 33.5 cm
58 x 46 x 46 cm
58 x 58 x 58 cm
Height
4.5 ft
4.47 ft
5.66 ft
4.8 ft
Weight
8 kg
5.8 kg
10 kg
10 kg
Material
wood
wood
wood
wood
Assembly
fully assembled
needs assembly
3 part assembly
fully assembled
Anti-Bacterial Coating
Editor's Choice
Fully Assembled Fordwich Rare Bird Table Retreat
Fordwich Retreat
Head Dimensions
43.2 x 43.2 x 30 cm
Height
4.5 ft
Weight
8 kg
Material
wood
Assembly
fully assembled
Anti-Bacterial Coating
Best Heavy Duty
Maypole Anti-fungal Heavy Duty Bird Table Hand Built in the UK
Maypole Hand-Built
Head Dimensions
33.5 x 33.5 cm
Height
4.47 ft
Weight
5.8 kg
Material
wood
Assembly
needs assembly
Anti-Bacterial Coating
Best Tall
The Hutch Company XL Ballycastle Bird Table with Anti Bacterial Coating
Ballycastle XL
Head Dimensions
58 x 46 x 46 cm
Height
5.66 ft
Weight
10 kg
Material
wood
Assembly
3 part assembly
Anti-Bacterial Coating
Best Slate-Effect
Home and Roost Kinloch Fully Assembled Slate Bird Table with Anti Bacterial Coating
Home & Roost Kinloch
Head Dimensions
58 x 58 x 58 cm
Height
4.8 ft
Weight
10 kg
Material
wood
Assembly
fully assembled
Anti-Bacterial Coating

Best Bird Table Reviews – Hot 8 Picks

1. Fordwich Retreat (Editor’s Choice)

Fordwich RetreatThe Bird Table Retreat by Fordwich is a high-quality bird table, perfect for nature lovers. Our editor’s choice, this wooden, traditional style bird table is made from low carbon FSC timber. What’s more, it is hand-made in the UK.

Features

Being locally hand-made means you can be certain you’re purchasing a table that benefits more than just your feathered friends. Carefully designed to favour smaller birds, this bird table has smaller than standard openings. Ideal for use throughout the year, the traditionally designed roof will protect bird food from the rain and sun.

The Fordwich bird table comes fully assembled, simply attach the stand and it’s ready to welcome your songbirds. Just a couple of points to bear in mind, it is quite low, something you’ll need to consider when selecting a suitable location. Also, the head is heavy, you may need to provide some extra support, especially over winter months. However, the main drawback to this bird table is that there is no drainage outlet for rainwater or cleaning.

Pros:
  • Traditionally designed roofed
  • Low carbon FSC timber
  • Favours small birds
  • Hand made in the UK
  • No assembly required
Cons:
  • No drainage outlet
  • Fairly low
  • The head is heavy

2. Maypole Hand-Built (Best Heavy Duty)

Maypole Hand-BuiltLooking for an affordable yet sturdy bird table for your garden? This bird table by Maypole is an excellent choice.

Features

Constructed from high-grade timber and sourced from sustainable forests, this bird table is made in Great Britain. Additionally, it comes with an anti-bacterial coating that will make sure to keep your feathered friends healthy and hinder the spread of any disease.

Assembly is fairly simple. However, it is rather time-consuming with a lot of screws to turn. If you don’t have an electric screwdriver, or if you don’t have much hand strength, then you may be better off considering another model. Also, bear in mind that this bird table is rather low and that its large openings make it accessible to larger birds and predators.

Pros:
  • Sturdy
  • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Weather treated
  • Timber from sustainable forests
  • Made in Great Britain
Cons:
  • Assembly requires a lot of screws
  • The open structure lacks protection for smaller birds
  • Fairly short

3. Ballycastle XL (Best Tall)

Ballycastle XLThe Ballycastle bird table is one of the most attractively designed bird tables and is sure to complement any garden with its hexagonal shape and slate effect roof.

Features

Assembly is simple. The feeding house is pre-assembled in the UK, leaving you to simply screw on the stand and feet which makes it ideal if you’re not a DIY enthusiast. Sourced from sustainable forests and built in the UK by hand, this bird table is a good choice if you’re looking for a bird table that will stand the test of time and winter weather.

While the stabilising feet do help this bird table to resist some winds, the head remains heavy so you will be better off fixing it down. You should also be aware that the finish could be improved upon, being a little rough in some places.

Lastly, because of its open structure, you may prefer a bird table with smaller openings if you are looking to attract smaller, rarer birds or to keep pigeons and magpies at bay.

Pros:
  • Attractive hexagonal shape
  • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Pre-assembled in the UK
  • Timber from sustainable forests
  • Stabilising feet
  • Slate effect roof
Cons:
  • Open structure
  • Rough finish
  • The head is heavy

4. Home & Roost Kinloch (Best Slate Effect)

Kinloch Slate-EffectThis attractive bird table by Home and Roost is a good choice for small gardens. Complete with a highly decorative slate effect roof and hand-turned finial, it makes a good decorative garden piece as well as being a fully-functional bird table.

Features

If you dislike DIY or just want a hassle-free, ready-to-place bird table, then this makes an excellent choice. The entire bird table is pre-assembled. You would only need to fit one screw to fix the feeding table onto the stand and you’re done. It is made from timber and sourced from sustainable forests. This high-quality bird table benefits from an anti-bacterial coating which should ensure that disease doesn’t spread among your feathered friends.

While it’s a good size for pocket gardens, this bird table is on the small side so it wouldn’t be ideal if you are looking to feed a large number of birds. Also, its open structure will allow larger birds to dominate so if you are looking to attract exclusively smaller birds, then you may be better off with a different model. To really benefit from this attractive bird table, it is necessary to anchor it down to ensure that it does not fall.

Pros:
  • Hand-turned finial head
  • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Timber from sustainable forests
  • Slate effect roof
  • Pre-assembled
Cons:
  • Needs anchoring
  • Large openings
  • Fairly small

5. Wildlife Bempton

Wildlife BemptonThis bird table by Wildlife is a great budget choice. It is also extremely attractive and has the advantage of being able to be hung from a tree or attached to a pole.

Features

This makes it ideal for any sized garden or outdoor space. Made from solid FSC certified timber, you can be certain that this bird table is constructed from sustainable forests. Unlike many other bird tables, this model features a handy pull-out tray, ideal for cleaning. The intricate lattice design not only looks good, but it also keeps larger birds at bay which is great if you want it exclusively for feeding small songbirds that often miss out.

This is an extremely popular bird table from its size down to its beautiful design. Unfortunately, it is not weather resistant. If you are looking for a durable, long lasting bird table, you would be advised to pick another model. However, you could try treating or painting it with weather-resistant paint in order to improve its longevity. Also, because of its size, bear in mind that it can be tricky to get your hands inside to fill it up.

Pros:
  • FSC certified solid timber construction
  • Slide-out cleaning tray
  • Designed to keep out larger birds
  • You can hang from a tree or fix to a stand
  • Features attractive intricate lattice detail
Cons:
  • Not weather resistant
  • Tricky to fill
  • Needs treating to improve durability

6. Maypole Slate Effect

Maypole Slate-EffectThis solid bird table by Maypole is made in Great Britain with timber from sustainable forests, making it a good ecological choice.

Features

Its anti-bacterial coating makes for hygienic choice and will keep it from spreading any disease. The slate effect roof and built-in seed catcher are excellent characteristics that ensure this bird table stands out from other models.

Assembly is needed and while it is relatively simple, it can be quite time-consuming. Even more so as the quality control for this product is not very good. Expect some drilled holes not to match and even some split panels. The screws provided are not the right size either. So, if you don’t have the DIY skills to patch things up where necessary, then you may prefer to spend your money to buy another model.

Pros:
  • Durable slate effect roof
  • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Built-in seed catcher
  • Timber from sustainable forests
  • Made in GB
Cons:
  • Assembly needed
  • Poor quality control
  • May need other screws

7. Solar Bird Hotel

Solar Bird HotelThe Solar Bird Hotel Feeder is a great choice if you are looking for a decorative bird table complete with a bird bath. It is weatherproof, made from an easy to clean plastic resin.

Features

Requiring very little assembly, this birdbath and feeder also has a decorative planter as well as a solar-powered light. This makes it an excellent model if you are looking for a decorative item for your lawn, in addition to a bird table.

Unfortunately, due to its design, bird seeds tend to frequently fall into the bird bath. The bath part does not have a drain, so while the material itself is easy to clean, the bath part is difficult to empty and refill. It also needs regular attention to remove bird food which doesn’t make it ideal if you are looking for a hassle-free bird table. Also, you should be aware that the solar light is rather dim.

Pros:
  • Birdbath and feeding table
  • Solar light
  • Weatherproof
  • Easy to assemble
  • Decorative planter
Cons:
  • Seeds fall in the water
  • Cannot drain water
  • Light very dim

8. Garden Mile Traditional

Garden Mile TraditionalThis traditional wooden bird table by Garden Mile is a treated timber bird table in an attractive pagoda style.

Features

Designed with small openings, this bird table is a good choice if you want to prioritise feeding smaller and medium-sized birds. While it is fairly easy, assembly is still required. What’s more, some holes may not be correctly pre-drilled which can be problematic if you don’t have a drill on hand.

This bird table is easy to fill and looks great in any outdoor area. However, it is very light and the stand is fairly flimsy. For year-round use, you would be better off to change the stand or to fix it down securely with anchors and extra wooden supports. If you are looking for a simple, easy to install bird table, then you may be better off with another model.

Pros:
  • Attractive pagoda style
  • Treated wood
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy assembly
  • Keeps out larger birds
Cons:
  • Flimsy stand
  • Very light
  • Some holes not pre-drilled

The Best Bird Tables For Your Garden

woman placing food for songbirdsWhat makes your backyard lovely? Some would say it has plants that are regularly watered with a garden hose or flower boxes beside a garden shed. For others, a beautiful yard is one that has an ornate bird table to attract songbirds. Choosing the best bird table means taking into consideration some essential bird table characteristics.

Here’s a selection of some of the most common things that you should look out for when selecting the bird table for your home.

Material

Traditionally many of the best bird tables are made from wood. This complements your backyard’s natural beauty. For an ecological choice, choose a bird table top that comes from sustainable forests, preferably certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Other popular materials used include stone and plastic resin. Some models also have an anti-bacterial coating to keep your feathered friends healthy and prevent any disease from spreading.

Easy to Set Up

When you’re considering different bird table models, ask yourself how much time you have to spare to set it up. There are bird tables that arrive pre-assembled while others are ready to use. To keep the setup time to a minimum, make sure the bird table feeder you choose has pre-drilled holes that align and the screws are easy to turn. Else, you might need a cordless drill or multi tool to get the job done.

Openings

table top feeder in a wooded areaThere are bird table designs that have small openings that restrict access to some birds. If you have problems with larger birds such as pigeons or crows that dominate your backyard and eat all of the food, then you should look for a bird table with smaller openings. This will favour the small birds that usually miss out on meal times.

Roof Construction

A bird table with a roof will keep your bird food dry in wet weather. It will also provide greater protection for your small feathered friends against the elements, predators and larger greedy birds.

Stability

You should look for a bird table with a strong solid base. This will help to keep your bird table stable throughout harsher winter months when your feathered friends will need to use it most. You should also consider using bird table anchors to stabilise it, or you could use some large rockery stones, depending upon how windy it gets in your garden.

Overall Looks

While a fully functional bird table doesn’t need to look great, it makes sense to go for a model that you find attractive. The best bird tables are also used as lawn ornaments and most people will prefer to pay a little extra for an attractive model that will look good in their yard.

Conclusion

Fordwich up closeAfter much deliberation, we think the best bird table is our editor’s choice – the Fordwich Bird Table Retreat. Its traditional design looks good and has the added advantage of favouring small birds that often tend to miss out when food is served on larger, more open tables.

This bird table is also an ecologically-friendly choice, made from low carbon, FSC-certified timber. Lastly, as it is hand-made in the UK, you don’t have to worry about production line issues or spending hours assembling it. Simply attach the base and it’s good to go!

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