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Make a suet and nut log feeder

Overview

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.


How to do it

1

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.


2

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.


3

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.




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