Morning Alastair, I am pretty rural here on Anglesey and find at the moment the garden is quiet, the birds are evidently still finding plenty of food in the fields, they will return when that disappears I'm sure and the sunflower hearts will diminish rapidly once again! I know if the hedges are cut then that will disturb the birds for a while but they always return, hang on in there and hopefully your local birds will also come back soon.
I put very little food out, and none at the moment. The garden is very busy though. Many of the birds are in loose flocks. Seeing a lot of chiffchaffs and goldcrests. Nuthatches, blue, great and coal tits as well. I think it is all down to mature shrubs, trees and plentiful natural food. In the Autumn, as others mention in the forum, many gardens do go quiet. I would guess new developments are particularly affected at this time of year.
We have everything from the usual 6 badgers to loads of birds and the occasional woodpecker
The problem these days is too many people like 1/2" long grass, wooden fences and pretty flowers, our garden is long grass (we also have frogs), trees, WILD flowers and hedges.
I also have feeders just 4' from the hedge, birds take food and fly off to eat it, also NON growing seed with nothing for the Pigions, and don't use whole peanuts, I use a blender to chop them, mixed with sunflower seeds and seed, garden overflowing with birds first and last thing