Thursday 25 January 2018

The Big Garden Birdwatch 2018...

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey and regularly attracts nearly half a million participants and it is happening this weekend! 

The records from people counting birds in their gardens provides a vital snapshot of the UK's birds each winter.

To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch simply spend an hour watching the birds in your garden or local park over the weekend. 

Count the highest number of bird species you see at the same time. You can request a pack (a download) which has all the different type of birds you can see in your garden....It includes pictures to help you out a little....

In winter the birds that visit your garden need extra nourishment to keep them warm on cold nights. Here are some ideas how you can feed them....

Considering we live in quite a built up area we do get plenty of birds visiting our garden and a pigeon who loves to sit on the top of our chimney and coo really loudly.

Basic fat ball recipe.

All you need is lard and bird seed... Mix one part lard to two parts seed...Transfer to a saucepan and gently heat, stirring until the fat melts.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Melt the lard in a pan and add the dry mix. Stir well until the fat has all been absorbed and the mixture sticks together. Mould into balls with your hands. Space apart in a plastic container or on a tray and place in the freezer to set firm. 

Once the fat balls are solid put them in the garden on a bird feeder or in a fat-ball feeder.....

Seeded apples

Core an apple, thread a piece of cord or string through the hole and tie to a stick across the bottom. This will make a fantastic perch for the birds. Fill the hole with sunflower seeds and push more into the apple then tie it around a branch....

We got a couple of kits last week from Baker Ross that we need to build and decorate...They only cost a few pound for them and you get a few in each pack. I think we will be building these over the weekend.

Will you be doing any bird watching over the weekend?


  1. It's great that many people look after the wild birds. We have a few visitors to our garden. #mmbc

  2. Great that you're raising awareness of this, as well as how can help the birds during these colder / harsher months #MMBC

  3. Lovely post Kim. We love looking after the birds. We have quite a few different varieties here. And Robin is definitely one of our favourites :)
    I love those little bird houses, how cute xx