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Graphic: 'Cheep' and cheerful way to feed the birds
Pic: RSPB man David North with his bird feeder
Making a pine cone bird feeder will make a hungry bird happy.

It can be hard work finding something to eat if you are a bird, so the RSPB recommends we feed our feathered friends throughout the year.

We have the perfect 'cheep' and cheerful bird feeder for you to make.

Treating the birds in your garden to a feast doesn't have to be expensive. You can leave out scraps of uncooked pastry, bits of cheese or leftover food such as bread or fruit.

Different birds feed in different ways and like different food.

Some, like the blackbird and robin, prefer to eat off the ground, whilst others, such as blue tits and coal tits, prefer feeders.

If you are worried about cats, then bird tables and hanging feeders will help birds enjoy their meals more safely.

If you put them near to bushes and ivy-clad walls there is plenty of cover for them to dash to when feeding.

Water is also important - and make sure all dishes and feeders are kept clean.

Make a bird feeder

If you don't have many pennies but still want to feed your feathered visitors, then why not make one of our simple bird feeders. David North from the RSPB showed us how.

What you need:
A pine-cone
A length of string
Breadcrumbs softened in water
Grated cheddar cheese

Picture: a pine cone
Picture: roll the breadcrumbs and push into the pine cone  

Step 1

Roll the breadcrumbs in to a tight ball and push in to the gaps in the pine-cone.

Step 2

Do the same with the cheese and fruit
Picture: Do the same with the fruit and cheese
Picture: it's easier if you mix all the bits in a bowl  
Step 3
It's easier if you mix all the bits together in a bowl.
Step 4
When the cone is full, tie some string around the top and hang out in your garden.
Picture: The finished feeder

Remember that birds take time to get used to new feeders, so be patient for a week or two as they size up your garden treats.


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