Welcoming wildlife in to your garden or encouraging it’s health and sustainability where you like to visit is a very rewarding occupation for you and the planet! One of the joys is discovering more about what lives at the places you like to visit as there are so many plants and animals that make up our kingdom! Birds can benefit from being given extra food at this time of year when the weather is colder and resources might be reduced, before their busy Spring Time activities raising a family!
What you will need:
1 PACK OF 240G Atora Vegetable SUET (already shredded)
1 Large HANDFUL OF DRIED SULTANAS, RAISINS ETC
1 Large HANDFUL OF BIRDSEED (ADD MORE AS NECESSARY)
MINI SILICONE BUNDT MOULDS (IF AVAILABLE, EMPTY YOGHURT POTS OR TOILET ROLL TUBES CAN ALSO BE USED AS A MOULD FOR YOUR MIXTURE)
non metallic BOWL
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together – If you have non shredded suet, break this down first via a grater or knife.
2. Cut lengths of string and tie them around the top of your pine cones knotting and making a loop ready to hang.
3. Microwave your mixture for 40 seconds to soften the suet and test it for form making – has it softened enough to all stick together? If not give it a few more seconds…
4. Press your mixture in to the Silicone bundt moulds and on to the crevices of the Open Pine Cones, yoghurt pots, toilet roll – whatever you are using as a mould!
5. Set in the refridgerator or a cold place for one hour. Hang outside when ready! Awesome!
Have you heard of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch? It is the world’s largest wildlife survey and takes place annually from the 29th – 31st January.
Taking part is easy and fun! Spend an hour watching from your window or a place you walk to and observe what birds you see. Use the ID sheet to log your records and return them to the RSPB before the 19th February. There is space for you to add on the form any other wildlife visitors you see or know of at the location such as a hedgehog. If you see nothing this is still considered as important data for your area! So have fun being a Citizen Scientist and enjoy encouraging a welcoming habitat for wildlife! What was the most popular visitor to your garden during the survey? When the results are published later in the Spring will you be surprised by the UK’s no 1. garden visitor?
How does the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch help wildlife? It has provided 40 years of valuable data that has allowed the RSPB to notice declines in species such as the Song Thrush and the Sparrow but also once these animals start to show signs of increase again too! It also helps inform conservation work and did you know there is a Red List of Birds that are globally threatened that the RSPB have a five year goal to assist! You can find out more about what’s on the Red List, the Amber and the Green by using the link below!
Have you heard about the Self Isolating Bird Club?
A group for wildlife enthusiasts that formed during the first lockdown, there’s a Facebook group and a website you can engage with!