What you will need!
- Wild berries such as hawthorn and rosehips, or dried fruit
- Wild bird seed
- Porridge oats
- Cheese (optional)
- Saucepan of boiling water
- Heatproof bowl with a diameter larger than that of your saucepan
- Coconut halves (available online), small coconut-fibre plant pots or yoghurt pots
- Garden twine
How to make!
- Weigh your lard – an average block weighs around 250g. Measure out the same weight in total of berries, birdseed, oats and cheese.
- Melt your lard in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and add your berries, dry ingredients and cheese (if using) to the lard and blend well with a spoon.
- Leave the mixture to cool until the lard becomes clear but is still soft enough to spoon into the coconut halves, plant pots or yoghurt pots.
- Meanwhile, poke a small hole in the bottom of your yoghurt pots or coconut-fibre plant pots with a pencil.Cut a piece of garden twine around 25cm (10in.) long, fold it in half and tie a double knot to form a loop.
- Push your loop of string through the hole in the pot so that the knot remains inside.
- Fill as many of your containers as you can with your mixture and allow it to cool and solidify completely.
- Choose a spot in your garden at least 1.5m off the ground that is tricky for cats and other predators to reach.
- Now sit near a window with a warm drink and watch the birds feeding