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Making bird feeders

(please do not place these down the trail as they can attract rats)

Make a bug house

What you will need

  • Pine or fir cones

  • Bird seed

  • Raisins

  • Peanut butter

  • Suet or lard

  • A mixing bowl

  • Scissors

  • String

What you need to do

  • Collect pine cones

  • Allow lard to warm to room temperature

  • Mix ingredients together in a bowl (one for the kids to get messy with!)

  • Tie string to each fir cone

  • Pat the mixture around the cone

  • Place in the fridge to set for a few hours

  • Hang on tree branches and see who visits!

Interesting facts

  • Birds that will be attracted to these feeders are: Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits and Starlings

  • The difference between fir cones and pine cones: Fir cones grow upward, pine cones droop toward the ground.

What you will need

  • Tin cans

  • Scrap material

  • Paint

  • Glue

  • String

  • Googly eyes

  • Beads (if you have to hand)

  • Fir cones, twigs, dried grass, conkers, acorns

What you need to do

  • Collect natural materials such as twigs, fir cones …anything that looks interesting!

  • Collect used tin cans, wash and make sure there are no ragged edges

  • Dry out the tins

  • Decorate the tins by gluing material to the outside, leave to dry

  • Paint onto the material to make your own style of tin bug!

  • Punch 4 holes into the under part of the bug tin (please be careful and squash down any protruding tin!!) and 2 holes 2cm apart on top of the bug tin

  • Thread string thought the top 2 holes and make into a loop to hand the bug tin from

  • Thread string though each of the 4 bottom holes and tie a large knot in one end

  • Add a bead to each end of the 4 bits of string and knot the string to stop the beads coming off

  • Snip the twigs to the length of the can

  • Fill the can with the natural materials you have found using the twigs make sure the materials are tightly in place

  • Hang in the garden to brighten up a space and create a bit of bug fun!

Interesting facts

  • ​​Mini beasts occupy bug houses!  This is a word that covers animals such as crabs, butterflies, beetles, spiders, slugs, snails and caterpillars

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