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Live Mealworms

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A Natural Superfood for Your Garden Birds

  • Packed with Protein: Essential for fledglings and adult birds alike during breeding, fledgling, and moulting seasons.
  • Moisture Rich: Keeps birds hydrated, especially vital for young and moulting birds.
  • Hygienic: Clean, odourless, and easy to store—up to 14 days in the fridge.

Introduce your garden birds to a diet rich in protein and essential nutrients with our LIVE Mealworms. These aren't just any worms; they're the hygienic and vegetarian larvae of the Flour Beetle (Tenebrio molitor), renowned for their cleanliness and nutritional value. Each mealworm is packed with protein and fat and water, offering a perfect food source for all insect-eating birds.

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Why LIVE Mealworms?

Excellent Nutrition: Ideal during the breeding and fledgling seasons, our mealworms provide the much-needed protein and moisture that young birds in the nest desperately require. They're also a godsend during moulting and dry spells, providing hydration and supporting feather regrowth.

Hygienic and Safe: Cultivated to be clean and odourless, our mealworms are easy to store, easy to handle, and ensure a fresh, hassle-free experience.

Enhances Bird Watching: LIVE mealworms encourage a variety of garden birds to visit your space. From Robins and Blackbirds to Great Tits and Wrens, watch as your garden becomes a hub of avian activity and song.

Birds That Love Mealworms: Our mealworms are especially popular among ground-feeding birds such as Blackbirds, Robins, Song Thrushes, and Starlings, but are also eagerly consumed by a wide range of UK bird species including Tits, Wrens, Finches, and even the occasional Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Live vs. Dried Mealworms: Why Live is Best

While keeping a stash of dried mealworms can be handy for emergencies, nothing beats the benefits of live mealworms for your garden birds. Live mealworms contain vital moisture, crucial for chicks in the nest, as they represent the only way these young birds can hydrate. Live bird food like our LIVE Mealworms from Wiggly Wigglers not only offer this essential hydration but also deliver a more natural feeding experience that can help young birds thrive. Always remember, live bird food is best for the health and development of your garden birds.

Serving Suggestions: Use a steep sided shallow container and the best time to put mealworms out is in the morning as this is the meal your birds rely on most (as they have had all night without food and can lose a huge amount of their bodywight overnight). To keep larger birds from monopolising the supply, consider using a specialist feeder where the roof of the feeder is low enough to discourage larger birds (or even a caged feeder that allows smaller birds safe access). Mealworms can be served alone or mixed with other seed mixes to create a more enticing offering.

Environmentally Responsible: Committed to sustainability, we ensure our mealworms are produced with minimal environmental impact, providing you with a product that’s not only good for the birds but also kind to the planet.

Invite nature to your doorstep with LIVE Mealworms and enjoy the vibrant ecosystem they help support right in your garden!

Robins, as you can see from the photo here, just love them. They are the perfect food for young chicks and adults alike.

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Shipping Information

Our standard delivery charge is £3.95

(Next Day delivery is £5.95)

*GB mainland only and other exclusions apply. Please see below for full details.

AreaStandard DeliveryRoyal Mail (Live Orders)Next Working Day Delivery
Mainland UK (excludes highlands)£3.95£3.95£5.95
Falkirk, Aberdeen Perth Kirkwall Paisley and Inverness Areas (not islands), Isle of Man and Isle of Wight£14.95£3.95N/A
For Scottish Islands, Outer Hebrides, Kilmarnock area, Paisley area, Chanel Islands and Northern Ireland£19.95£3.95N/A

All our orders are now despatched from our farm here in Herefordshire and so we’ve made a few changes. We will always despatch orders as soon as possible, but we do offer a next day delivery service (some restrictions apply) for those urgent orders.

Wiggly Standard Delivery (3 - 5 day delivery) £3.95 within mainland Britain

If you don't mind when your order arrives... (within reason of course) Choose standard delivery and we will despatch your order with the best option for us. This may be APC Overnight, DPD or Royal Mail. You need to allow 2 - 5 days for delivery, and we can post to anywhere in mainland Britain. See below if you are in Highlands and Islands.

Next Week Day delivery for £5.95 to mainland Britain

If you need a guaranteed Next Day delivery then please choose the Next Day delivery option. If you order on a Friday then the delivery will be with you on the following Monday. Please note there are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. You must order before 1pm for your order to be sent to arrive the following working day. If you order after 1pm then your order will be shipped on the next working day.

Important - Highlands and Islands

IF your order contains JUST live worms and is under 2 kilos - whether that’s composting worms, wax worms or mealworms you will have the option in the checkout to choose standard delivery at £3.95. This is because we can use Royal Mail for this service. Otherwise you will see the extra cost options for a courier to deliver your package – please note there is no guaranteed next day service to these areas so please allow extra time and track your package for information. 


For Falkirk, Aberdeen Perth Kirkwall Paisley and Inverness Areas (not islands), Isle of Man and Isle of Wight the charge is £14.95


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For Scottish Islands, Outer Hebrides, Kilmarnock area, Paisley area, Chanel Islands and Northern Ireland the charge is £19.95


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Damaged or Faulty Goods
In the unlikely event that you receive an item that is damaged or faulty, we can offer a full refund within 60 days of the customer receiving the order. We simply require photographic evidence of the damaged/faulty item with tracking number within 7 days.

To return a damaged or faulty item is free of charge, please contact with your name, address & order number and our customer service team will advise on the easiest way to send.

Once the item has been received and inspected by our customer care team, you will be notified that a refund has been issued and feel free to order the item again from our website.

In the case of LIVE WORMS these can’t be returned so in the unlikely event that they have arrived damaged please take a photo on the same day and send that photo straight away to our team with a description of what the problem is and ensure you include your name, address and order number.

Once the photograph and description has been looked over by our customer care team they will get back to you to advise or issue a replacement or refund.


Returning an Order
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. We get that. If you’ve changed your mind and want to cancel your order, we ask that you contact our sales team and return the item in its original packaging within 60 days to:
Wiggly Wigglers Lower Blakemere Farm, Blakemere, Herefordshire HR2 9PX

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to cover the cost of returning unwanted items, so the postage cost of returning these items is the responsibility of the customer. Please ensure that you obtain proof of posting as items being returned are the responsibility of the customer until the items reach our farm.

Once the item has been received and inspected by our customer care team, you will be notified that your refund has been issued. Please note the item must be returned with the original packaging, as new, unused, and free of defects.

Of course if you cancel your order before the items are shipped out a refund will be issued right away.


Please email us at if you need any further information.

Do squirrels eat mealworms?

Pesky Squirrels will eat just about any birdfood, including live and dried mealworms! You best bet to deter them is to put your feeders on a surface they cannot climb (like a window) or use a feeder with a cage.

What birds like live mealworms?

Mealworms, waxworms, worms and insects are loved by birds such as robins, blackbirds, thrushes, tits and nuthatches. Feeding live food in the spring helps during the breeding season as they provide much needed protein. Tits and robins love mealworms and the latter can become very tame in exchange for their favourite snack.

How to store live mealworms?

Live Mealworms can easily be stored in a garage or utility room because they are clean and odourless. They keep well at room temperature. Should you wish to store them for longer you can transfer them to the warmest part of your fridge, away from the icebox.

When should I feed live mealworms?

Live foods are very nutritious for a lot of bird species and you can feed all year round. However, there are two key times to feed live food:

1: Winter – Mealworms are particularly good for insectivorous birds at a time when they may be struggling to get worms etc. out of frozen ground. If you are persistent you may even be able to get robins to take mealworms from your hand!

2: The Breeding Season – When your garden birds have chicks in the nest mealworms are by far the best food.

How should I feed live mealworms?

Place them in a high-sided dish or feeder so that the don't escape.

The Wiggly Story: Bringing Your Garden to Life.

Nestled in the heart of rural Herefordshire, within The Duchy of Cornwall estate lies Lower Blakemere Farm – the cherished home of Wiggly Wigglers and founder, Heather Gorringe. From its humble beginnings on Heather’s kitchen table over 30 years ago, our small but dedicated team is working hard on a legacy of sustainability and regeneration. Our farm isn’t merely a plot of land; it’s a dynamic hub where we’re aiming to balance food production with biodiversity and since we started our regenerative journey there’s a real focus on improving soil health and sustainability. Beyond our own endeavours, we’re passionate about sharing best practices and developing products designed to Bring your Garden to life.

The Wiggly Promise

At Wiggly Wigglers, it’s not just about sales (though we appreciate your orders and support for the farm!).

We’re here to offer a range of sustainable solutions that add fun to composting, boost biodiversity, and make bring your home and garden to live, whilst making the world just a little bit greener.

  • Trusted: We’ve been here for over 30 years, with over 100,000 orders shipped.
  • Try our products: We have a risk free 60 Day No Quibble Returns policy.
  • Great Value: Buy Direct - we grow, mix, pack and ship direct from our farm in Herefordshire.