It’s the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, and half a million people across the UK are expected to pick up their binoculars to look out for everything from blackbirds and magpies to blue tits and wrens.
Last year, the common house sparrow was the most-spotted bird, but over the years there have been sightings of bramblings, wood pigeons and long-tailed tits.
Schoolchildren can also take part in the Big School Birdwatch until February 19, when they’ll enjoying all sorts of activities, from looking out for their favourite birds to creating tasty treats for our feathered friends to enjoy through the winter.
To show how much you love our beautiful British birds, why not create a tempting seeded heart to hang from a tree in your garden?
Fatty seeded treats are an excellent source of food and energy for birds, who need the extra fat and protein to keep themselves warm and healthy in the cold winter weather.
Making a seeded heart is simple! All you need is…
- Good quality wild bird seed
- Grated cheese
- String or ribbon
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
- Allow lard to warm up to room temperature so it is soft, but not completely melted.
- Pour all other ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
- Add lard to dry ingredients and knead together with your fingers.
- Half-fill greased cookie cutters with mix, then add a looped ribbon or length of string to each one, with the knotted end in the middle of the heart.
- Top up with the rest of the mix.
- Place in the freezer for 20 minutes or until firm, then pop them out of moulds and into a container to go back into the freezer until frozen solid.
- Finally, hang your beautiful seeded heart in a tree or from the bird table and wait for all the birds to come out and feast.