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!
ordinary bird seed
holly berries, hips and
haws from the hedgerows or garden
biscuit, bread and cake
kitchen scraps and fat Ė
cut into small pieces
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.
Place the mixture into a cake tin with a moveable bottom, and press it
Put a plate with a weight on top of the Ďcakeí and leave it for at
least a day.
Push the cake out of the tin and cut into slices.
Place the slices on the bird table, if you have one, or on the ground if
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.
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.
23rd Blue Peter
Book, BBC, 1987