During the winter months there are often spells of very cold, frosty or snowy weather. Garden birds can really suffer at this time of year so why not help them out by making a simple bird feeder to hang from a tree in your garden.
The RSPB have instructions on how to make simple bird feeders out of old yoghurt pots. The ingredients you’ll need are lard, some good quality bird seed (which you can buy from pet shops and garden centres, or even some supermarkets) raisins, peanuts (the unsalted kind sold specifically for birds) and grated cheese. Be very careful when you’re using scissors and leave out the peanuts if you suffer from a nut allergy.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Wash out the yoghurt pots and carefully make a small hole in the bottom of each one. Thread string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside. Leave enough string so that you can tie the pots to a tree or your bird table.
2. Allow the lard to warm up to room temperature, but don’t melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl.
3. Add the other ingredients to the bowl and mix them together with your finger tips or a spoon if you prefer. Keep adding the seed/raisin/cheese mixture to the lard and squidging it until the fat holds it all together.
4. Fill your yoghurt pots with bird cake mixture and put them in the fridge to set for an hour or so.
5. Hang your speedy bird feeders from trees or your bird table. Hopefully they will be visited by robins, greenfinches, tits and possibly even great spotted woodpeckers.
You can also use this recipe to make bird feeders in different shapes – press the lard and seed mixture into heart, flower or star-shaped cookie cutters, for example, and leave them to set. These which will look especially pretty dangling from bare tree branches in your garden.