RSPB Ultimate bird feeder guardian, medium

R408655
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Easy-to-assemble guardian to fit our medium Ultimate easy-clean nut and nibble, seed and nyjer feeders. This feeder guardian is strong, durable, and expertly-constructed from powder-coated steel, with no potential foot traps. The cage makes feeders resistant to larger birds and adult squirrels as well as protecting smaller birds from predators.

The space between the cage and the bird feeder is wider than in previous designs, making it harder for larger birds and adult squirrels to reach the feeder.

Refilling and cleaning the feeder is a doddle. The guardian slips over the feeder, then screws into place.

  • Height 42cm, width 23cm, radius 11.5cm
  • Gaps measure 4 x 3.5cm
  • Distance from guardian to perch on seed and nyjer feeders 3.5cm
  • Distance from guardian to mesh on nut and nibble feeders 8cm.



Features
Seed tray included

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Age: 65+

18/Jul/2020
Ultimate medium Guardian
Ordered and arrived in 48 hrs.
Had a cup of tea, fitted my own feeders to these Guardians, and blue tits, great tits were in side eating away within 2hrs. Whats all the fuss!
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Age: 65+

20/Jun/2020
Ultimate guardian medium has razor sharp edges
Since the beginning of lockdown we started get visits from a squirrel. The first time we've seen one here since we moved in over 13 years ago. A few years ago I bought an RSPB guardian to try to deter the sparrow hawks but the squirrel has managed to reach through it to the sunflower seeds. When I saw the guardian had been updated and was now wider I ordered one in the hope that it would keep the squirrel out. When I unpacked the guardian I found that the ends of the wires at the top don't seem to have been finished off properly are razor sharp. The old guardian doesn't have these sharp ends.
RSPB response
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about the quality issue on your guardian. This is unacceptable and we will report this to the supplier. Please contact our customer services team, who will be happy to help.
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Age: 65+

15/Jun/2020
Sharp practice.
I bought 2 medium easy-clean feeders without guardians as I already had them. They did not work as seed trays are required to make them fit. These only come with new guardians. Having spent over £50 on these, I find the birds won't go near the feeders. I have put back the old guardian on one feeder, This fits with the plastic seed tray from the new guardian. Birds back. They won't touch the new guardian. The plastic seed trays should be provided with the feeders, not the guardians. This is sharp practice.
RSPB response
We are sorry to hear this. We can't say why your old guardians did not fit with the feeders, as we are not sure if they are RSPB. Regarding the new guardians, birds can take time adjusting to new set ups, so we would recommend giving these more time.
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Age: 65+

30/Dec/2019
Does the job
We are really pleased with this purchase. My husband had to adapt our feeder slightly to fit, but once set up, it works really well. The birds took some time to get used to it, but they are now crowding around to get in to the seeds. The squirrel so far doesn't seem to have found a way to get in, but the parrots manage to pick up seeds which drop into the tray. A great buy and we aren't continually chasing squirrels away. The cage is strong and well designed. Great value.
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Age: 55 - 64

23/Dec/2019
Strong, sturdy metal but no birds will enter it
I've had this for well over 6 months & buggy nibbles in feeder just go bad as birds will not go inside cage. Early on I saw one or 2 two blue tits & greata tits attempt going into cage, & a long tailed tit, but birds do not like it & will not use. Long tailed tits presumably would have a real problem manoevering inside it anyway. Having attempted in vain to encourage birds to use it I finally removed cage- & now birds are all over feeder gobbling up buggy nibbles. Im happy to have a working feeder again but it defeats the object of paying the money for cage.
RSPB response
Thank you. It's great that the birds are enjoying the feeder, though we are sorry to hear about the cage. This is very strange, as we know that birds will happily use guardians. If you would like to try again, we would suggest trialling it in a different l
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Age: 65+

25/Jul/2019
Feeder Guardian Death Trap
We have just had to destroy our medium Guardian to release a young grey squirrel that had got itself trapped inside. Yes, I know they are a pest, but we have never had red squirrels in our area in living memory. The last time a young one got stuck, we managed to free it by hooking the feeder down and letting it escape from the bottom. The one just now was well and truly stuck round its back end and legs, and had been trying to claw its way out by shredding the branches of a holly tree. We had to very gingerly hold the poor creature down whilst cutting through the wires (with great difficulty) and eventually freeing the poor animal. Please look into the openings of these guardians and make them small enough to prevent this happening to others. We have another squirrel proof feeder with slightly smaller openings (bought elsewhere) and have never had any problems with that one. Upset customer and RSPB member.
RSPB response
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about this. I have never heard of this happening before so this sounds like a freak incident, but we will certainly pass on your comments to the product team.
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Age: 45 - 54

08/Jul/2019
Does the job!
Stops the pigeons and magpies emptying the feeder. The dunnocks and sparrows took a few days to get the hang of it, but no problems now.
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Age: 65+

09/Jun/2019
Almost squirrel-proof!
If I could add the picture I've just taken, it would show 2 young squirrels sitting inside the frame munching on birdseed! Assume the size of the holes was calculated carefully, but unfortunately we're now helping to bring on the next generation. The good thing is our local great spotted woodpecker can get in for a snack.
RSPB response
RSPB response: Thank you. You are correct, these openings have been made to exact specifications and tested to make sure they are suitable for small to medium birds. No guardian is 100% squirrel proof, but it should help birds get a bigger share!
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Age: 55 - 64

31/May/2019
Keeps off squirrels and large birds
I actually purchased a medium guardian and a small guardian at the same time and, by careful removal of the top part of the small guardian, was able to attach it to the bottom of the medium guardian. The resulting “large” guardian fitted my large ultimate easy-clean seed feeder perfectly.

Within 10 minutes of fitting the guardian, Goldfinches were arriving and going straight into my feeder. Blue tits and Great tits followed shortly after. I did, however, notice that the sparrows in my garden were choosing to ignore this feeder and instead concentrate on my fat ball feeders.

Three weeks have now passed since fitting the guardian, and I am now happy to report that the sparrows are now visiting my feeder and are going in and out without any issues. Yesterday I counted 14 sparrows in and around the feeder!

My regular squirrel visitors took one look at the guardian and moved on elsewhere. It’s great now, not having to fill up the feeder with sunflower hearts on an almost daily basis because of the greedy squirrels.

If I had any niggle it would be that it makes viewing of the birds on the feeder more difficult because of the metal bars, but then again, I can watch them in the rest of my garden, and it’s a small price to pay to prevent my local squirrel population getting fat at my expense!
RSPB response
RSPB response: Thank you for you review. We are happy to hear that small birds are enjoying the opportunity to feed without competition from large birds and squirrels!
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Age: 45 - 54

22/May/2019
Disaster
Had been great keeping off squirrels and larger birds, today was a disaster returned home to find a dead young starling stuck in the guardian
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RSPB response: Thank you. We are very sorry to hear about this. It should not be possible for a starling to get stuck in the guardian. The openings have been made to exact specifications and thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe for birds.
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08/Feb/2019
Brilliant product
I almost didn't buy this product due to the review but within a day I had a range of birds going into the cage including, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Robins and a Nuthatch. And it kept the squirrel out!
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RSPB response: Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that a variety of small birds are feeding without competition from large birds and squirrels.
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09/Oct/2017
Not working for the sparrows
My previous feeder guard was narrower in diameter so the pigeons, woodpigeons, magpies and squirrels had learned to cling on and poke through to extract the seeds. The sparrows used it all the time, also tits and goldfinches. Only the tits are using this new one. I've had it for a bit less than a couple of weeks. It's the sparrows i especially want to feed as so many people say they never see them nowadays and we have had good numbers for many years.I am not using the narrower guard on a separate feeder at the moment as I want the sparrows to get bolder and give it a go as i see at least one reviewer has had success with them. Still worried though!

RSPB response: Thank you for your review, I am sorry you are unhappy with this feeder guardian. It is good to hear you are concerned about the declining number of sparrows and wish to feed them., as they are now a red listed species. We do advise that it can take weeks, sometimes a few months, for birds to adjust and try new feeders or guardians. Hopefully your sparrows will be back feeding in no time!
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25/Jun/2017
Not working for me.
Great idea, unfortunately the Sparrows we have on a regular basis think otherwise. Had one Sparrow on the first day, since then nothing for 10 days. It does keep the pesky Pigeon off though.
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25/May/2017
Works a treat
I bought this reluctantly because of the other reviews. I have a medium feeder on the fence opposite one of the house windows. This was regularly visited by goldfinch, greenfinch and house sparrows. Today I am looking out at the feeder, in its guardian. There are two green finch parents in the feeder, with two fledglings picking through what is in the catcher tray at the bottom. Yesterday there were goldfinch in the feeder and again, the fledglings were happily walking around the catcher tray picking out seeds that had dropped down. The house sparrows have not been deterred either. And the big plus is the starlings can no longer perch on the feeder and shovel out the contents with their beaks.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review. It's great to hear your birds have taken well to your new guardian!
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12/May/2017
Openings too small
As other reviewers, I have had this for some time now and the birds don't like it. I bought it as wood pigeons were just sitting and emptying the feeder as soon as I filled it and stopping other birds from getting anything. I have tried leaving it for several weeks, the seed just sits inside hardly touched, the only birds I saw go into it were goldfinches. All others seemed bemused and put off by it. I had a bullfinch regularly visiting the garden which now seems to have given up. I have resorted to using it for a few days to put the wood pigeons off, then leaving it off for a few days for the other birds to get to the food, until the wood pigeons realise and return, when the cage goes back on..... Not really a good solution
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24/Dec/2016
Openings too small
I have had this seed feeder and guardian in my garden for over a week. The birds have investigated it but will not go in. The openings are obviously too small.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review. Sorry you are unhappy with the feeder guardian, however the openings on the guardian have been made to exact specifications and tested to make sure they are suitable for small to medium garden birds. We have made them big enough for most birds visiting gardens but small enough to deter squirrels and some larger birds such as jackdaws. A new feeder especially with a guardian can take the birds a while to trust usually a couple of weeks but can be longer.
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07/Oct/2016
Excellent finish but smaller openings
Excellent finish on product and the extra diameter with wide clear dish is superb. However, I have noted that the openings are smaller which seems to make it less inviting for many finches that happily use the Helix one that we have. Premium model openings are same width but taller. Time will tell if the finches get more used to it.

RSPB Response: Thank you for your review, as you suggest it can take some time for birds to get used to new feeders, especially at this time of year when natural food is in plentiful supply. The new guardians are more squirrel resistant than previous models and the birds will get used to them when they become more reliant on supplementary feeding and pluck up the courage to enter the cage.
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