Attract wild birds to your back yard or garden this autumn with these simple, easy-to-make bird feeders!
You could also put some water out for the birds in either a shallow dish or a bird bath.
These fat balls are a welcome delight to birds during the colder months who will be looking to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty season. The sunflower seeds we’ve used in this recipe are rich in protein and unsaturated fats whilst the grated cheese and raisins will be a firm favourite for robins, song blackbirds, thrushes and dunnocks.
This is such a great little craft to do with your little ones. The ingredients are easy to get hold of and super cheap and it doesn’t take ages so you can hold their attention before their minds start to wander elsewhere!
If they’re anything like Lily, your kiddos will adore getting stuck in with their hands and enjoy washing up at the sink afterwards (we can easily kill an hour with playtime at the sink in this house!)
How to make your own bird feeders
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
— 300g wild bird seed mix
— 150g sunflower seeds
— 75g grated cheese
— 2 handfuls of raisins
— 250g lard
— 6 pine cones
— 60cm of string or ribbon
(1) Cut your string or ribbon in to six equal lengths and tie a loop around the top of the pine cone. Make sure it is secured tightly.
(2) In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (bird seed mix, seeds, cheese and raisins).
(3) Using your hands, add the lard and ‘squish’ everything together until it’s mixed in.
(4) Still using your hands, stick the mixture around your pine cones making sure you’ve covered them completely and got in to all of the nooks and crannies.
(5) As you go, place your pine cones on to a tray (we used a muffin tray) and when you’re finished, pop the tray in the fridge for around 2 hours.
(6) Hang your bird feeder outside high off the ground, away from strong winds and near some warm shelter for your feathered friends!