International Bat Night 29th-30th August 2020

Where to site your Bat Box

Siting your Bat Box is every bit as important as purchasing the right one. The key is to ensure it is placed in an environment that will protect them.

First of all, bat boxes are more likely to be used if they are located where bats are known to fly and feed.

Bat boxes can be fixed to either trees or a building and should be placed as high as possible, ideally at least 5m (15 feet) from the ground (where safe instillation is possible) in order to try and avoid predators on the ground, e.g. cats. If you are siting your Bat Box on a building, then it should be placed as close to the eaves as possible.

Ideally, your Bat Box should be South facing so it can be exposed to the sun for part of the day.

Sheltered areas are favourable to protect from strong winds. Bats use dark tree lines and hedgerows for navigation, so putting boxes near these features could help them find the box. However, bear in mind that Bats do require a clear flight path.

Bats need time to find and explore new homes, so be patient. Signs your Bat Box is being occupied are; droppings on the landing area and chittering noises from inside when the weather is warm.

REMEMBER: bats are protected under UK law and boxes must only be opened by a licensed bat worker.


Fitting your Bat Box

Our Bat Box has been designed in order for it to be put up safely and securely without disrupting the internal spacing. The tabs on the either side of the Bat Box have a single 4mm guide hole in order for you to screw the Bat Box in securely.

It is best to assess the location you are siting the bat box in, whether it be tree or building, and use suitable fittings.

Ensure the screws are on as tight as possible. Providing that your Bat Box is not occupied, these should then be re-tightened on a regular basis. Signs your Bat Box is being occupied are; droppings on the landing area and chittering noises from inside when the weather is warm.




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Celebrating our 140th with a £1m Expansion

What a better way to celebrate our 140th anniversary then to announce a £1m expansion of our manufacturing site.

The money is funding a new, 12,000sqft warehouse with 2,000 new pallet bays – a four-fold increase on our previous capacity.

It will also fund new offices and new machinery, including two computer-controlled multi-head weighers, a new bagging line, and a palletising robot which loads the sacks on to pallets.

Managing Director, Richard Johnston, said: “People love birds, be it pet owners whose passion is keeping aviary birds and parrots, or the people who simply want to attract more wild birds in their garden by feeding them, because of the sheer pleasure of watching them.

“As a result, we’ve seen significant growth in all our key markets and that is what has prompted us to make this significant investment. We’ve committed to ensuring we can continue to meet the rising demand for bird feed of the highest quality, and expanding our factory and investing in new, state-of-the-art equipment is the best way we can achieve that.”

Work has already been completed on the new warehouse, and output has been able to rise significantly due to extra capacity and efficiencies.

Mr Johnston added that our 140th anniversary was a fantastic and timely opportunity to take the business to the next level.

As part of the celebrations, we have also launched a new, limited edition product called No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food, specifically formulated not to germinate when dropped on lawns, beds or borders.

Mr Johnston said: “Johnston & Jeff started life in High Street, Hull in 1880. To be still owned by the same family 140 years later and to be celebrating that with an ambitious expansion plan is a very special feeling.

“We cannot wait to share everything we have planned this year.”




No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food

We’ve launched a limited edition No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food blend to celebrate our 140th anniversary. The blend includes our new GERMI-NOTTM ingredients, as well as containing;

     - Sunflower Hearts

     - Berry Suet Pellets

     - Peanut Granules.

The mix has undergone a series of processes to prevent seeds from germinating, including;

     - Kibbling

     - Flaking

     - Shelling

     - Heat Treatment (these are our GERMI-NOT™ seeds).


No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food enables people who love their gardens but also want to feed the highest quality bird food available to do so without having to compromise. It has all the high nutritional values, cleanliness and palatability that our products are famous for and contains the right levels of carbohydrate, proteins and fats to make it suitable for all almost species of garden bird.

There has been a lot of research and work gone into creating this blend. We know that you don’t want unsightly weeds growing in your well-kept lawns, beds and borders but also care about feeding the highest quality food available. So that’s what we have created. Other no mess, no grow products do exist of course, but most compromise on nutritional values or product cleanliness to fulfil the ‘no grow’ aspect. That’s where we believe our blend is different – by including our GERMI-NOTTM ingredients we have created a perfect blend for people who care about their garden and the birds in it.

It is an exceptional blend that lives up to the quality Johnston & Jeff is synonymous with. The food is packaged in more sustainable retro-style brown paper sacks which carry our new logo. This is part of a drive to be even more environmentally conscious.

2020 is already shaping up to be a busy year for us here, as we celebrate 140 successful years of business. Launching our No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food is just the start. We’re delighted with the product and the packaging and we think you will love it too.

We’ve also got a lot of other initiatives going on throughout 2020 – new products, new packaging, new branding, and a whole range of different activities for you to get involved in. It’s an exciting time at Johnston & Jeff and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.

Suitable for: Tits, Bramblings, Finches, Dunnocks, Buntings, Sparrows, Linnets, Thrushes, Nuthatches, Robins, Siskins, Stonechats, Starlings, Blackbirds, Yellowhammers & other species.

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"It's logical. Fit Solar PV cells to your roof and you will save on energy costs. More importantly, you will use less of our dwindling natural resources." 

Richard Johnston, MD of Johnston & Jeff, is not naturally given to talking about ecological issues and declaiming green credentials. But there is one environmental subject which he is champions, and is now investing in - energy production. 

"Our processes use a lot of energy. Every batch of food we produce is cleaned over and over again. Quality is everything. Quality of ingredients, where the crops of grown, how they are produced. It's therefore right to take this a stage further and use our premises to produce our own energy. Solar Photovoltaics are an excellent development and we are building our own 50 kilowatt site. So far as I am aware, we are the first to do this in this industry. We are certainly among the first in this region to develop such a significant site. But we depend on the environment for our raw materials so this approach is absolutely right." 

Company Statement

Our approach is Simple. Good food, intelligently blended and developed to give the right levels of nutrients, richness and variety, class ingredients, immaculately prepared and produced. 

 Ingredients? Some companies buy on price alone, and buy whatever they can, regardless of source and condition. That's not our way. We have a network of partner growers, and they all know exactly the type and quality of product we will accept - without exception. They know not only because we have built up relationships with them over many years, but because we have visited farms not just in the UK but wherever the ingredients we want are grown. We have looked at everything with them - the way crops are grown and harvested, handled, packed and shipped. Seeds must not be damaged in any way, or get damp through condensation or poor storage - this reduces the nutritional value, and degrades the seed. It might cost a little more to do this properly and take more time to get right, but such care means that these ingredients reach the final stage of their journey already surpassing the standards met by others. And then they go through our extensive cleaning and grading process. 

And one more thing. We don't use cheap fillers. Ever. At best, these are dangerous and degrading. We've seen fat balls which are a minimum 20 sand. The price may be attractive, but what, exactly, are you buying?