Thanks to Poppy for this suggestion. Due to an unexpectedly busy day (meetings, putting an offer on a house, finding a solicitor and meeting friends) it got to 11.45pm and we still hadn’t made our bird feeder. Still, rather than not complete the challenge in time, we drove to ASDA and are now the proud owners of three, very nice, home made, bird feeders; instructions below, taken from www.rspb.org.uk.
Stuff you need
Good quality bird seed; raisins; peanuts; grated cheese; suet or lard; yoghurt pots; string; mixing bowl; scissors
Not suitable for children with nut allergies. Note that bird seed, including peanuts bought for birds, is not suitable for human consumption.
Carefully make a small hole in the bottom of a yoghurt pot. Thread string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside. Leave enough string so that you can tie the pot to a tree or your bird table.
Allow the lard to warm up to room temperature, but don’t melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl.
Add the other ingredients to the bowl and mix them together with your finger tips. Keep adding the seed/raisin/cheese mixture and squidging it until the fat holds it all together.
Fill your yoghurt pots with bird cake mixture and put them in the fridge to set for an hour or so.
Hang your speedy bird cakes from trees or your bird table. Watch for greenfinches, tits and possibly even great spotted woodpeckers.
Count Your Blessings fact: After severe flooding in Pakistan in 2010, Lal Chand lost everything. But with the support of Christian Aid partner CWS-P/A he is now training to be an electrician and will be able to support his family
Donation: Give 10p for every light in your home
Running total: £9.80 (note the running totals are for me and Gemma)