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Small Steps Eco Club - bird baths and feeders

This week’s Small Steps activity centred around our feathered friends. We have finished the beautiful tiled bird baths, so we put them outside the William House classrooms on specially prepared logs and close to some hedging to provide protection for the smaller birds. We are hoping our younger pupils will have the opportunity to enjoy seeing the birds having a bath!

We decided it would be a good idea to make some bird feeders, so we chose to make kebabs and fat balls. We had a lot of fun putting together the bird kebabs although some of the bread and cheese proved irresistible and didn’t quite make it onto the kebabs!

The fat balls were fun to mould, if a touch greasy, but we hope the birds will appreciate them during the winter. If you would like to make one or two fatballs, see our recipe below.

2 large tablespoons of lard. If you don’t want to use this, you can use a pure nut butter (with no added sugar or salt) instead

2 large handfuls of a good quality bird seed mix

2 large mixed handfuls of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cranberries

Mix together well and mould into a ball 

Use the handle of a wooden spoon to create a hole in the middle of the ball

Put the string through the hole and remould the ball, closing up the hole in the middle

Tie a knot in the bottom of the string

Put in the fridge to harden

Hang from branches of trees or place in fat ball holders and hang from a tree or bird table