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Make your own natural bird feeder

Posted by: Jenny Middleton
Posted on: 28 Apr 2017
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Birds, Native Species

If you’re looking to provide a haven for birds right in your own back garden, then look no further. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy bird feeders. All you need is some simple ingredients and some natural pine cones. Take a look at our how to video to see how you can make your very own feeder.

 Just 4 simple ingredients:

  • Pinecone
  • Lard
  • Birdseed
  • String or twine 

You’ll also need:

  • Plates or bowls
  • Scissors 

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As you can see in the video, making a pinecone bird feeder couldn’t be simpler. You might have to get your hands a little messy but it couldn’t be simpler. We’ve added our step by step guide below to help you follow along and create your own! Get the whole family involved and get stuck in!


Step one:

Slice a section of lard. Then use your hands or a spoon to squash the lard onto your plate and create a thin layer.

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Step two:

Now, take your pinecone and press it down into the lard. Roll it around so the whole pine cone is covered. You can even use your fingers to smooth the lard into all the cracks and crevices. This is the messiest part, so best to wash your hands now to stop the bird seed sticking to you instead of your pinecone.

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Step three:

Take a separate plate or bowl and sprinkle some of your bird seed into it. Now roll your pinecone in this too, letting all the bird seed stick to the lard. Use your hands to press the seeds in so they cover your pinecone. Make it a feast for the birds!

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Step four:

Take your string, cut about 30cm, and wrap this around your pinecone. Pull it tight so the cone is secure. Now make a loop so you can hook it over a branch or post.

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Step five:

Take your pinecone bird feeder and hang it in your garden. Anywhere high off the ground is best. Maybe on a tree branch or a fence post.


Step six:

Sit back and watch the birds enjoying their brand new feeder!


If you liked this, you won’t want to miss Bioblitz 2017! This event, happening across our foot safari is filled with fun activities for the whole family! Get stuck in making your pinecone bird feeder with the help of our team, plus so many more fun things to see and do.

Find out more here and join us for Bioblitz 2017 on Sunday 28th May!

Jenny Middleton

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