My father only lives in the opposite side of the Neath Valley to me Rob, and he’s says pretty much the same as yourself.
The 9” suet feeder I just bought was needing to be filled every day in the recent cold spell. And the sunflower seeds weren’t far behind.
I follow a few people on Twitter from South Wales Rob. A couple have said that the Nyger seed is not proving popular at the moment. Mine’s gradually being eaten by a handful of Siskins but it is slow. The suet pellets on the other hand are very popular.