30 Days Wild: Idea 9-Feed the birds

There are lots of quick ways to help the birds in your garden. The youth branch of the wildlife trust, Wildlife Watch, has lots of activity sheets with quick projects to do to benefit wildlife in your garden. Feeding the birds can bring great pleasure and can help the wildlife massively particularly in cold times.

Alice loves helping me put the food feed out in the garden. Having a morning cup of tea while being able to enjoy watching the birds is one of life’s simple pleasures. Making your own fat feeders can be great fun, but can be very messy with all the fat so it’s worth doing it outside and then boiling the kettle to clean off all the fat. I have done this one in school each year with my class but not with Alice. I think she might be ready to help mix the seed and fat. Needs a bit of strength.

blue tit

This was an activity simple enough I was able to do with Alice at two years old. All it took was a piece of garden wire and some cheerios and some string.


Even if you don’t have time to make a feeder most supermarkets sell basic feeders allowing you to take pleasure in the birds around you. Several years of feeding our birds has attracted in a wide variety of birds to our garden. Wouldn’t want to be without them.

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