How to make natural bird feeders
The summer holidays are a great time to get kids outside and excited about nature. Making bird feeders is not only a great way to spend time as a family but also provides a reliable food source for your local birds and encourages them to visit your garden.
The benefits of bird feeders
- They are a constant and reliable food source for birds, keeping them well-fed all year round – some birds eat up to 35% of their bodyweight every day so this is really important!
- They help birds save energy foraging for food that they can use for other things.
- They can encourage wider bird populations to grow.
Making your natural bird feeders
Our Biodiversity Intern Tasha and our Learning and Skills intern Ellie had a go at making bird feeders for themselves, why not watch along with the video as you make yours at home?
What you will need:
- Bird seed mix
- Suet / lard / gelatine
- A pinecone / recycled yogurt pot / cookie cutter
1. Mix your suet, lard or gelatine with some seed mix in a bowl.
2. Press the mixture into your yogurt pot, cookie cutter, or pinecone gaps.
3. If you are using the yogurt pot or cookie cutter, make a hole in the mixture with the end of a pen and leave the mixture in the fridge to solidify.
4. Tie your string through the hole in the mixture or around the stem/seeds of the pinecone.
5. Hang your creation in your garden and watch the birds flock to your feeders!
Download step-by-step instructions here: