RSPB Classic bird feeder guardian small

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    This easy-to-clean bird feeder guardian is the perfect fit for small RSPB Easy-Clean feeders and small Classic feeders.

    This guardian helps to keep the contents of your feeder safe from adult squirrels and protect smaller birds from predators.

    Made from powder-coated steel, the guardian is strong and durable, and feeders can still be easily accessed for filling and cleaning. No fiddly nuts or screws to undo. You simply lift the guardian off the feeder. The base can also be inverted to act as a seed tray to catch dropped seeds.

    The guardian can be hung from a hook or mounted on a bird feeder pole.




    Features
    Fits small RSPB Classic feeders and small RSPB Easy-Clean feeders

    RSPB
    • Type of Feeder
      Bird feeder accessories
    • Recipient
      Feeding birds

    Standard delivery to the UK and Channel Islands is £3.95.
    You'll only ever pay one delivery charge per order.

    Delivery is FREE if your order sub-total is £75 or more.
    Delivery is FREE if you order only Pressies that protect, RSPB gift cards and/or RSPB gift membership.

    Next working day delivery is available for in-stock items ordered before 3pm to UK addresses - £5.95
    Choose the day delivery is available for in-stock items to UK addresses - £5.95
    (Items that can be personalised and products sent direct from the supplier are not available for next day or choose the day delivery. Some postcodes are also excluded.)

    See our delivery and returns page for full details.

    To reduce the risk of squirrels reaching your feeders and guardians, try to locate the feeder at least 2 metres away from any potential jumping off point such as a tree trunk, fence, post or wall, and consider using a baffle with the feeder.

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    21/Jun/2017
    Not squirrel proof!
    Rather than me and the dog forever chasing off the squirrels from the suet and nut feeders, I decided to buy Classic Small Feeder Guardian's with suet and nut feeders. The first squirrel I saw on the suet feeder got inside the guardian within 15 seconds and because the spiral ball holder has very wide spirals, sat their happily breaking off great mouthfuls of suet! Looking at other feedback from purchasers and the RSPB replies (Nic, on 24 Sep 2012) these guardian's are clearly not 100% squirrel proof and the small guardian isn't even recommended for keeping squirrels out. Given they are aware of these shortcomings, I think the RSPB ought to be more up front in their descriptions of these feeders. A waste of money in my view. Will now modify the suet guardian to hold my old suet ball feeder through which the squirrel can only take small nibbles until I can come up with a better plan.

    RSPB response: Thank you for your review. We do not state on any of our products that they are squirrel proof as it is incredibly hard to stop all squirrels; they are clever and determined animals. We are currently looking into ways we can improve the guardians to further deter squirrels and larger birds.
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    30/Nov/2015
    Does not fit suet feeder!
    Bought this for the small suet feeder. Despite the guardian description saying this guardian fitting the classic feeder range it does not fit the classic small suet feeder (the screw attachment does not fit through the base). RSPB does not sell the suet feeder guardian, which must have a different design, separately from the feeder, which is disposing ing as I purchased the feeder separately.
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    30/May/2014
    Squirrels can reach the bird seed
    The squirrels reached through the guardian and eat the bird seed. They also managed to chew the perch and the plastic on the seed feeder so that it fell to pieces. I think that the circumference of the guardian needs to be a little larger.

    I have since bought another all metal feeder which has a wide guardian welded to it. The squirrels are now resigned to the fact that it is impossible for them to get at the food and don't even try. Unfortunately the RSPB doesn't sell this particular feeder.

    The guardian is reasonably OK over the nut and nibble feeder because the squirrels find it difficult to extract the food through the wire that holds it in and also there is no plastic for them to chew.
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    28/May/2014
    Good product
    I would recommend this. It keeps squirrels and large birds off, although pigeons can strategically position themselves to access it on occasions. I don't mind this as it is only occasional. I have seen greenfinches and sparrows accessing it so it does the job and does not empty instantly like most other feeders I have!
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    17/Mar/2013
    Not quite big enough
    Squirrel-proof, yes, but ...

    The issue we have for this otherwise very good prodect is that the ring-necked parakeets can reach inside to scoff the food - yes, they're birds, but not the ones we want to attract (being bullies and ""foreign"") (we have a resident population of greenfinches, siskins, goldfinches and assorted tits - they're the ones we want to attarct). If the diameter were greater, the parakeets wouldn't be able to stretch their long necks in ...we'd welcome a choice of widths as parakeets are endemic here in south London.
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    08/Jan/2013
    Does the job well combined with premium feeder
    I've been using this for over a year now and it's doing exactly what I was hoping: keeping away all jackdaws and magpies (they have no interest in the feeders at all) and deterring the squirrels. The most the squirrels can do is eat the odd sunflower heart which has been dislodged by the birds on the base of the guardian. There are a few chew marks on the metal fittings but that's purely cosmetic and pretty good after more than a full year of use. The great spotted woodpecker can still get at the sunflower hearts though and is a daily visitor.

    I think if you put food out for the birds then you have to accept whatever comes into the garden so I use guardians very successfully to deter squirrels and larger birds but I also put out a few scraps which keeps them interested and away from expensive bird food. After all, they've got to eat too.

    I put a hanging tray in the tree with a couple of handfuls of monkey nuts and this keeps the squirrels very interested and away from the feeders most of the time.

    An excellent product combined with the right feeder.
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    08/Jan/2013
    Does the job well combined with premium feeder
    I'm really happy with this product as it does deter the squirrels, jackdaws and magpies. It does need to be used with a premium feeder with metal fixtures as the squirrels managed to chew through my previous feeders which had plastic fittings.

    It does work 100% for the larger birds but the great spotted woodpecker can still happily reach in and get its sunflower hearts. I do have some chew marks on the metal fittings but they're holding up well.

    Squirrels are a nusiance but my view is that if I put food out for the birds then I can't get upset if the ingenious squirrles come in for a nibble too. I've recently started to put out a couple of handfuls of monkey nuts which the squirrels adore. This seems to keep them far more interested than the feeders and while they are regular visitors, for most of the time the garden is squirrel free. I've also seen great tits flying off with a whole monkey nut looking very pleased with themselves.
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    06/Jan/2013
    ill fated design
    The spiral wire scales down the openings which are in turn made very small at the base. The sloping bottom means small birds can slide and get stuck.

    RSPB response- Thanks for your review. Sorry to hear you were not happy with the product. We have now ensured that each guardian has equal spacing rather than the spiral wire we had previously. Please contact our customer services team if you'd like a replacement or refund.
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    24/Sep/2012
    Great Bird Feeder until.....
    My friend bought me this feeder as I get lots of squirrels in my garden. It has worked over the winter, spring & summer, but three days ago a very clever juvenile squirrel has worked out he can fit through the gaps in the cage. It didn't take him long to chew through the plastic perch and guard around the tube that holds the food which unfortunately means that the bottom of the cage fell off and all the food is now all over the floor & the feeder is useless - lucky squirrel! I think the spiral effect of the cage makes the gaps slightly too wide. I would suggest that maybe if the perch and surround of the tube holes was metal then this problem would be solved.

    RSPB response - Thanks for your review. It sounds like you have a Classic feeder inside your guardian. We recommend a feeder with metal fittings, such as our Premium feeders, for gardens with squirrel problems. Guardians are always a compromise. If the gaps were small enough to stop all squirrels, even juveniles, from getting inside, they'd also be too small to allow any birds inside as well. The guardian's main purpose is to provide a safe place for small birds to feed and help deter most squirrels.
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