Aberdeenshire micro business, Hedge Buddies, has flown past a major milestone, with 10,000 eco-friendly bags of bird food sold.
Inverurie-based owner Elizabeth Forsyth spotted a gap in the market in 2019 and chose to create a start-up and go down the eco route to offer people a plastic-free option when buying bird food for their garden birds.
A bird lover herself, another bugbear was that the mixes available to buy were not suitable for garden birds but more towards pigeons and crows, which are the very birds you don't want to attract.
Having made up her own mixes for a long time it made sense to change that market, too. Hedge Buddies has its own brand of mixes made from only top quality choices that garden birds absolutely love.
Now into the breeding season, all of Hedge Buddies' mixes are chick safe and include high protein energy food for both the parents and chicks.
Hedge Buddies, which is a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday winner, has fast become a favourite with lots of regular customers who post pictures and videos of their busy bird feeders on the Hedge Buddies Twitter account for everyone to see. Elizabeth says:
When I started Hedge Buddies in 2019, I had a dream that I could make a difference to both birds and the people who care for them. 10,000 eco-friendly bags of bird food later, it's really starting to happen. 100,000 here we come."