Making your own Bird Food
In the lead up to National Nest Box Week 2015, we have our next instalment of bird friendly tips and tricks for you to try out at home or work. This time we are showing you how to make tasty bird cakes, especially for your feathered visitors…
You can attract different species of birds to your garden by keeping a feeder stocked with a variety of foods. You could use feeders filled with sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet or hang mesh bags of suet to make them feel welcome and safe.
Providing water is also very important so remember to use a bought or DIY birdbath to give them plenty of it. Take a look at the RSPB wesbsite for more details on bird-friendly foods.
If you would like to feed your feathery friends in a more creative way however, we have just the solution you need. Read the instructions below to find out to make a bird cake!
What you will need
- Bird seed (good quality)
- Grated Cheese
- Suet or Lard
- Yoghurt Pots
- Mixing Bowl
First, make a small hole in the bottom of each yoghurt pot and thread string through it. Tie a knot on the inside but make sure you have enough string left over for tying the pot to a tree or bird table.
Wait until the lard has warmed up to room temperature and then cut it up into small pieces. Place the pieces of lard into a mixing bowl and then add all the other ingredients. Mix together with your fingers and keep squashing it so that the fat holds it all together.
Fill the yoghurt pots with the mixture and let them set in the fridge for about an hour. Once they are ready, it is time to hang them up outside!
Stay tuned for more tips and advice from us in the run up to National Nest Box Week and don’t forget to share your ideas via social media or in the comment box below!