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An old log, 30-50cm long
Drill and wood-drill bit
Suet, unsalted peanuts, mixed bird seed
Soft garden wire
As autumn gives way to winter, garden birds will be on the look out for high-energy foods to build up the fat reserves they need to survive the bitter weather. Give them a helping hand with a log feeder that is easy to make and suits the natural foraging behaviour of species such as tits, nuthatches and treecreepers.
Choose an old log - the more cracks and crevices, the better. Hold it steady and drill additional holes along the length of the log. Take care not to make them too deep.
Stuff the cracks and holes with suet, bird seed and unsalted peanuts. Wrap a length of wire round each end of the log. Twist the wires together to make a hanging loop.
Hang the log feeder in a high, sheltered position, out of reach of cats. Make several feeders to hang in different parts of the garden. Refill as necessary.