Make a bird feeder from recycled materials
Why not give the birds in your garden a helping hand, with these three easy-to-make bird feeders made from recycled materials?
Follow this step-by step guide from the team at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve and make your own homemade bird feeder, all you'll need is a plastic bottle, toilet roll or chipped cup.
For the bird seed, we recommend buying a small seed mixture. Millet and pinhead oatmeal will help a wide range of birds like sparrow and finches, and if you have tits in your garden, then they'll enjoy sunflower seeds. For the fat, use vegetable fat or lard (we used Trex). It's worth noting that you should avoid using cooking fat, which can coat birds' feathers.
A third of all plastic litter in the sea is made up of plastic bottles. You might have been making a concerted effort to cut back on the amount of single-use plastic goods you buy, which is great news, but if you find you've got a plastic bottle that you've finished with, don't throw it away, give it another use in life with these bird feeders.
Empty plastic bottle, scissors (you might want to use a craft knife too if that’s easier), bird seed, two plastic or wooden spoons and some string.
On average, it's thought that an individual will get through around 100 rolls of toilet paper a year! That's a lot when you think about it. Even if you don't use that much, you're likely to have a couple of cardboard tubes that need to be recycled each month, so why not use them to help the birds in your garden with this feeder idea?
Paper toilet roll, pencil, string, vegetable fat or lard and bird seed.
Do you have a favourite cup that's got a chip in it? Maybe someone bought you a mug as a gift and you just can't quite bring yourself to part with it, even if you can't really drink out of it anymore. This bird feeder is a great idea for giving your ceramics a new lease of life, as you can still admire them everytime you look out of your window.