Monday, 23 January 2017

Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

It's the Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend, 28-30 January, so get your bird feeders filled, find a good window to sit at, a nice cup of cosy milk (or tea if you prefer) and get watching! I love hanging out with my feathered friends. Daddy and I went to Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre recently for their Winter Birds workshop so we have some top tips to share with you on caring for your garden birds...

A robin hanging out on our garden globe

1. Make a bird house
I am very lucky and have a lovely cosy home to live in so I thought it was only fair to make a nice home for my feathered friends...

Get some left over pieces of wood or use an old pallet. Get a grown up to help cut the wood to the right lengths. There are some great tips in this post from the RSPB including different hole sizes for different birds.My favourite part was hammering all the nails in as it makes so much noise! 

Hammering nails into the birdhouse was fun

Once you have completed your birdhouse choose carefully where you want to put it in your garden. You will find some tips on siting bird boxes here.

2. Make an apple/sunflower feeder

Push sunflower seeds into an apple for a tasty treat

  • Core an apple, put a piece of string through the hole and tie a knot in it then push the core back in.
  • Push sunflower seeds into the apple, all the way round.
  • Finally, push sticks into each side of the apple to create a ledge for little birdies to sit on and feed. 

3. Make a pine cone feeder

Push the lard into all the bits of the pine cone

  • Tie a piece of string around the pine cone.
  • Fill all the gaps in the pine cone with generous amounts of lard.
  • One covered roll it in bird seed and hang up for the birds to enjoy. 
If you want to take part in any of the workshops held by Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, visit their website.

Happy bird spotting everyone.

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