How to make pine cone bird feeders

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Our gardens our becoming increasingly important places for wild animals and especially birds. By providing a regular supply of food and water, we can help birds survive the challenging winter months, when they can struggle to survive.

One way you can help is by combining pine cones, gathered from your garden, with a seed and fat mix, to make simple hanging feeders.

You will need

  • Pine cones
  • Fat/suet and bird seed mix - either make it yourself or buy a ready-made suet and seed cake in garden centres
  • Copper wire

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Attach a length of wire to each cone, winding it between the scales at the base.

Press the fat-and-seeds mixture between the scales so it covers each cone entirely.

Hang the finished cones from a branch in a secluded part of the garden.

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Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

Position your feeders at several points throughout the garden, preferably near the shelter of a hedge or shrub so birds can quickly fly to safety if they need to.

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