LAURA'S HOME, CRAFT & GARDEN CORNER 

LOOKING AFTER WILD VISITORS TO YOUR GARDEN IN WINTER

 

FEEDING BIRDS IN WINTER

As winter approaches for those of us in Europe, North America and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, it is becoming increasing difficult for wild birds to find food.  If you want to encourage birds into your garden, and help them to survive the winter, see if they like this.  This is only to be eaten by birds!  

Ingredients  
unsalted
 
peanuts  

chopped nuts  
maize  
millet  
currants  
canary seed  
sunflower seeds  
ordinary bird seed  
holly berries, hips and haws from the hedgerows or garden  
biscuit, bread and cake crumbs  
kitchen scraps and fat Ė cut into small pieces  
cheese rind  
chopped apple

 

Method

1.  Stir all of the above together.  Pour melted dripping over the mixture.  Stir well until all the ingredients are covered.  If dripping is unavailable, cooking fat can be used, but it must be animal fat, not vegetable.  

2.  Place the mixture into a cake tin with a moveable bottom, and press it down firmly.  

3.  Put a plate with a weight on top of the Ďcakeí and leave it for at least a day.  

4.  Push the cake out of the tin and cut into slices.  

5.  Place the slices on the bird table, if you have one, or on the ground if you donít.  

Other points

If some of the ingredients are unavailable, any kitchen scraps can be used.  Donít use any salty foods or desiccated coconut, as these items are not good for birds.  The rule is to use half as much fat as your dry ingredients.  

LOOKING AFTER HEDGEHOGS IN WINTER

This part will probably only apply to British readers.  In winter, hedgehogs also find it difficult to find food.  They will be very appreciative of dog or cat food.  

CHECKING BONFIRES

Hedgehogs and other small animals are likely to bury themselves in bonfires in winter.  Before you light a bonfire, check that there arenít any animals asleep under the bonfire.  

Well, thatís all for this month.  See you in December.  

Acknowledgements

23rd Blue Peter Book, BBC, 1987