Hanging Seed Bird Feeder

Winter can be a tough time for birds. During the cold weather they need more energy just to keep warm and with the shorter days they don’t have much time to find the food they need. You can help by putting food out for them.

Different species of birds like to eat different things, for example sparrows and finches like seeds, robins like fruit and worms and starlings will eat just about anything! For a simple feeder follow our instructions to make a simple seed feeder to hang in your garden.


What you’ll need…

  • 1 cup of bird seed*
  • String
  • Half a pack of lard or suet
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Baking Tray

*The RSPB recommends mixtures include flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granules

How to make your feeder

  • Warm the lard to room temperature so it’s soft and then cut it into cubes.
  • Put the seed mixture and lard into a bowl and mix together.
  • Put the biscuit cutters on a baking tray and press the mixture into the cutters.
  • When they are half full lay the ends of the string onto the mixture and continue filling to the top.
  • Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Gently push the feeders out of the biscuit cutters.
  • Hang them in your garden (making sure they are away from the reach of cats!).