Giving birds a little extra food is a simple and fun way to help, especially when natural sources are low.
Making cakes for the birds is great, sticky fun and the mix of fat, seeds and mealworms is irresistible for many garden birds!
Hang them from your garden trees, or on your balcony and watch your neighbourhood birds discover them.
Wild birds are understandably timid at first, but especially in the depths of winter, these seedy birdcakes won't last long!
Remember to take a photo of you making the cake, and maybe a photo or drawing of the birds flocking down to eat it!
Read how to keep your garden birds healthy for important information about cleaning feeders, bird tables and bird baths, to keep the birds that use them, fit, healthy and disease free.
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Did you know: the world's biggest bird feeder could hold 334.73 kg of seed and it needs a steel cable and heavy chain just to raise it up off the ground!
What you will need
- Mixing bowl
- Moulds eg empty yoghurt pots
- Lard to bind the other ingredients together
- Mixed seed
- Nuts (unsalted)
- Hard cheese
- Camera or smart phone
- Carefully make a small hole in the bottom of your mould or yoghurt pot. Thread string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside. Leave enough string so that you can tie the pot to a tree or your bird table.
- If using lard, allow the fat to warm up to room temperature, but don’t melt it. Then cut it up into small pieces and put it in the mixing bowl.
- Add the other ingredients to the bowl and mix them together with your fingertips. Keep adding the seed/raisin/cheese mixture and squidging it until the fat holds it all together. This bit can get quite sticky!
- Fill your yoghurt pots with bird cake mixture and put them in the fridge to set for an hour or so.
- Hang your speedy bird cakes from trees or your bird table. Watch for greenfinches, tits and who knows, maybe even great spotted woodpeckers if you're lucky!
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or description of your experience to help earn your award.
Not suitable for children with nut allergies. Note that bird seed, including peanuts bought for birds, is not suitable for human consumption.
If you are allergic to nuts, try this without adding peanuts – and make sure your birdseed doesn’t contain nuts. Be careful when you are using the scissors. Ask an adult to help if you need to.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a description of your experience.