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The Fair To Nature standards are set by Conservation Grade, an organisation that strives to rebuild wildlife through nature friendly food production. Farmers who produce Fair to Nature crops are required to actively manage a minimum of 10% of their farmable area in a way that benefits wildlife. The habitats created include pollen and nectar habitats, wild bird food crops, hedges, ponds, woodland, and much more.
The RSPB supplies Fair To Nature sourced sunflower hearts and seeds, our most popular bird food ingredients.
As well as our sunflowers, the other RSPB ingredients that are Fair To Nature are oats, wheat, maize, canary seed and white millet and we are also working on sourcing Fair to Nature peanuts. As with sunflowers we are on the front line of making this happen.
Where you see the Fair To Nature logo next to our bird seed you can be sure that the farms that grow this seed meet the rigorous conservation standards which allow wildlife to flourish. So by buying RSPB bird seed you’ll be helping struggling farmland wildlife in the UK and Europe, as well as the birds in your garden.
As well as our Fair To Nature accreditation we ensure that we take great care of all our seeds. One of the first things we do is check them for signs of mould growth which can generate poisonous toxins for birds. Once they get to our packing plant we extract all unwelcome ingredients, including dust and insects.
The same care and quality assurance applies to our peanuts. Peanuts can be high in a natural toxin, we ensure ours are safe by testing them and only use those that our safe for birds.
For our suet we only use UK sourced, food grade suet which means that it has a higher level of purity than many others.
We do not dilute the feed value by adding calcium (its useful for laying hens but an unnecessary addition for garden birds which generally get all the calcium they need). To prevent any birdy accidents, we don't use nets for our as these can increase the risk for accidents.
The majority of our seed mixes don't contain wheat, and we never use it to bulk out seed mixes. Wheat is the most common ingredient in many seed mixtures and on paper it looks great for protein and energy, and often features in many mixes marketed as high energy or premium. However, the outer shell of wheat is very hard and many of your favourite garden birds such as robins, thrushes, and blackbirds are unable to access this nutrition. The same goes for peas (kibbled or whole). Red dari looks attractive in a mix but again it is rarely eaten by garden birds because of its bitter taste.