Our gardens our becoming increasingly important places for wild animals and especially birds. By providing a regular supply of food and water, we can help birds survive the challenging winter months, when they can struggle to survive.
One way you can help is by combining pine cones, gathered from your garden, with a seed and fat mix, to make simple hanging feeders.
You Will Need
Fat/suet and bird seed mix, either make it yourself or buy a ready-made suet and seed cake in garden centres
Attaching wire to pine cones
Attach a length of wire to each cone, winding it between the scales at the base.
Pressing suet into the pine cones
Press the fat-and-seeds mixture between the scales so it covers each cone entirely.
Hanging the pine cones from a tree
Hang the finished cones from a branch in a secluded part of the garden.
Kate Bradbury says
Position your feeders at several points throughout the garden, preferably near the shelter of a hedge or shrub so birds can quickly fly to safety if they need to.
Forming beautiful rosette patterns, this colourful collection of sempervivums (houseleeks) is a must-have for any garden. Native to alpine regions, they're tolerant to extreme temperatures and drought.