With the colder weather drawing in and to celebrate the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch (5 January till 13 February 2015), let’s turn our attention to our feathered friends!
Making a bird feeder in Winter is a fun and simple activity to do with the kids. You can then record together the birds that you see in the garden (and watch if the naughty squirrel manage to grab the grub before the tiny sparrow can get to it!)
What you’ll need
- Whole orange
- Bird seeds
- Lard or suet
How to make it
- Cut the orange in half and, using a spoon, scoop out all of the pulp.
- Using the pencil, poke 3 holes, evenly spaced, about 1.5 cm below the cut edge of the orange.
- Cut 3 pieces of string (about 25cm long each).
- Feed one end of the string into one of the holes, going from the inside to the outside. Tie a knot to secure the string to the orange. Repeat this step for the remaining 2 pieces of string.
- Tie the other ends of the pieces of string together into one large knot.
- Mix the lard/suet to the bird seeds.
- Fill the orange with the mixture and hang outside.
You can upload your findings on to the website https://rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/how-to-take-part/