Since moving to a new house with a lovely garden, the kids have been so much more interested in wildlife, particularly birds. While we always put out food for the birds in winter, our little bird feeder has been lying empty for a while. Stuck for something to do with the kids, we decided to make fat balls for our bird feeder and encourage more our of winged-friends into the garden.
These are so simple and cheap to make, and easy for little hands. We had great fun and now the kids rush to the garden after school every day to see how much has been eaten.
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons of raisins (soak them in water overnight to plump them up if you wish)
- 50g of porridge oats
- 50g of mixed seeds
Simply mix everything together in a mixing bowl. Roll a small amount between your palms to make little balls and pop into a bird feeder.
If you don’t have a bird feeder, simply tie some string around the fat balls and hang from a branch.
So quick, so easy and now our tree is full of little finches, robins, and blackbirds. We’ve even found a nest of starling chicks in a neighbour’s eaves whose parents have been filling up on our fat balls and bringing them home to their babies.
If you want more ideas on how to attract wildlife into your garden, the RSPB has a really handy guide as well as a bird identifier tool on their website. We got the children some cheap binoculars and they are spending so much time outside trying to spot birds they haven’t seen before.