Balhousie Willowbank Bird feeders 2

It’s that time of year when you can guarantee Mary Poppins will grace our TVs and will be encouraging us to ‘Feed the birds… tuppence a bag’.

It’s also the time where the birds need a helping hand to find food more than ever, so our residents at Balhousie Willowbank in Carnoustie decided to make some bird feeders for our feathered friends to have a jolly Christmas too.

The RSPB asks us, in autumn and winter particularly, to put out food and water on a regular basis. In bad weather, we should feed twice daily if we can: morning and afternoon with high-energy (high-fat) foods to help them to keep their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights.

Well you don’t get much more yummy high-fat bird food than peanut butter covered in seeds!

How to make your toilet paper roll bird feeder:

Collect together:

  • empty toilet paper roll
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • knife or spoon for spreading the peanut butter
  • plate or paper plate
  • string to suspend,
  1. Put a layer of bird seed onto a plate.
  2. Spread peanut butter on the outside of a toilet paper roll using a knife or spoon.
  3. Roll the toilet paper roll in the bird seed to stick.
  4. Loop the string through the toilet paper roll and hang out.

And that’s it! You can welcome your garden warblers to Christmas lunch.