The Recycling Team will be joining the RSPB this weekend for their annual bird watch event in Aberdeen.
Bird populations are a great indicator of the condition of our countryside and you can have many different species visiting your garden all year round. It is so important to give them a helping hand over the cold winter months. Putting out food for the birds can be a vital lifeline at this time of year and also encourages lots of different birds to visit your garden for you to watch and enjoy.
You can join in the bird watch at home by spending an hour over the weekend counting all the birds in your garden. Then, let the RSPB know what species visited during that hour. Over 7 million birds were counted during last year’s count. More information on getting involved can be found by following this link.
However, join the Recycling Team at Union Terrace Gardens on Saturday or Duthie Park on Sunday and find out how to make a bird feeder from recyclable materials and bird food from food waste. There are some great simple ideas to try that can keep the kids entertained when the weather is bad and can give a welcome boost to your local birds.
There will be other fun activities happening as well. Join the RSPB to learn to identify local bird species, get some top tips on how to be involved in this year’s bird count and gain skills for bird watching all year round. RSPB
Here is a sneaky peak of some of the ideas to try:
Bird feeder booklet Whether it’s plastic bottles, tetrapak drinks cartons, yoghurt pots or tin cans there will be something in your kitchen you can use as a bird feeder instead of throwing it away once you’ve used it! We have guides for all shapes and sizes! Many of these are simple to transform into a bird feeder. It can also save you some pennies using things you already have instead of buying a feeder in the shops. Fantastic Bird food You don’t need to spend lots of money on special bird food mix. Have a look and see what common ingredients you have in your kitchen. Use stale breads or cakes, fruits past their best and cut off bacon rind to feed the birds. Follow this link to find out what the different bird species prefer to eat
It is amazing what you can make out of waste materials. Before you recycle it, why not give it another life and reuse it? The more we can divert from landfill the better. If we can use materials to help the local bird species through the winter then it is definitely a good idea!
Come along on at the weekend and give it a go yourself or get in touch for a copy of guides!