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How to make a green roof for your bird table

You will need

  • Bird table
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Water-retentive matting
  • Tape measure
  • Galvanised tacks
  • 1m of 50mm x 12mm timber batten
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Sedum matting
  • Slow-release fertiliser
Do it: spring to autumn
Takes just: 1 hour


Many of us will have birds that regularly visit our gardens, and it's easy to provide a home for them by building nest boxes or bird tables.

To encourage more wildlife to visit your garden, bird tables can be improved with an attractive living, green roof. The best plants to use for green roofs on your bird table are the smaller species of sedum, as they can withstand drought and grow on poor soil. To make it easier, you can buy ready-made sedum matting, which you simply cut to size and roll out.

Create a green roof for your bird table, with the help of our simple, five-step guide.

How to do it


Measure the roof of your bird table and cut some plastic sheeting to fit over it - this will act as a waterproof membrane. Secure it over the roof with galvanised tacks.


Cut the water-retentive matting to fit over the plastic sheeting and fix it to the roof of the bird table with galvanised tacks.


Use a saw to divide the timber batten into four pieces - one for each slope of the roof. Cut one end of each piece at a 45˚ angle so they fit neatly together at the apex of the roof. Drill some pilot holes into the timber, then screw the battens in place.


Use a craft knife to cut the sedum matting to size, then lay it over the roof of the bird table.


Sprinkle the sedum mat with a slow-release fertiliser and water.

Our tip

You can use the same method to green up the roof on an ugly garage or shed.

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crystal2010 24/11/2011 at 15:27

loe this site so easy to understand thnk you crystal 2010

heatherrees 24/11/2011 at 15:27

I love the idea as I have wanted to do something with the roof of my bird table for a long time. However, where do you find the water retentive matting and sedum matting, and can you just buy enough to fit a bird table or would I have to order a huge amount which would go to waste.
Alternatively, could I use some other materials that would do the job just as well? I have some sedums in a pot, so could I make my own matting in some way?

gardener44 24/11/2011 at 15:28

What a great idea for my bird table, i may also modify this to give my lawn feeder a roof to keep the bird food dry. Many thanks for this idea.

bigjimmygee 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Where can i get these sedum matts in scotland as all places i have found on the net cost a fortune to deliver and am not too keen on paying through the nose for such a small peice of sedum matting!!?? can any1 help me?? thanx

tim.gardener 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Looks more as 30 degrees to me.

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