Posted: 07/07/2013 at 06:51
Don't know how to prevent the birds, apart from dangling some old cd's from sticks stuck in the ground around the bushes, we only have sparrows here and they don't seem to like berries.
As far as keeping the berries is concerned, I spread them out on baking paper on a pizza tray (or similar), put them in the freezer for a couple of hours and then into a plastic freezing bag, seal well and put back into the freezer. This way they stay nice and loose and you can take out however many you need at a time. They thaw out quite quickly and are just like fresh ones!