Birds love fat cakes and at this time of year they’re just what they need to give them energy and keep warm.
But the feeding balls needn’t be shop bought; you can use all sorts of kitchen scraps such as cheese and dry porridge oats. Just mix with melted lard or suet and set in the fridge overnight.
Avoid using turkey fat, which doesn’t set like suet and lard, and can coat birds’ feathers, preventing them from being able to fly. It can also spread disease.
Here are more ways to help your garden wildlife by creating dead wood habitats and with our top 4 jobs for wildlife in autumn.
Follow these easy steps to making fat cakes for birds.