Charlie is a huge fan of nature and animals full stop. For as long as I can remember he has wanted to work with animals from zoo keeper, to vet, to farmer as long as there are animals involved he's happy. He loves watching birds and we are lucky enough to live near some wild kites and buzzards. Once we moved into our new house he was determined to start welcoming wildlife into the garden (well as much as you can with a vicious hunter disguised as a cute kitten living with you!). With the cold weather, rain, Christmas and endless lists of jobs that need doing in the inside this is still a work in progress. However our neighbour has a few feeders and he's been happily spotting a few robins and blue tits from his bedroom window.
We have been members of the Dorset Wildlife Trust for a while now and in the October Half Term made bird feeders from lard, fir cones and bird seeds. It's such an easy (yet messy!) way to encourage birds into your garden. Make Wildlife Welcome Hero, David Burton, produced this awesome sketch note which details simple and fun ways to attract birds. Quick tip don't forget to check your bird baths and crack any ice! This is a great activity also for children to get involved with!
This weekend (24-25th January 2015) is the yearly Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB. You can register for free pack which has lots of fun activities and information inside, including the important bird chart. The idea is to document how many birds you see in your garden over a 1 hour time period this weekend. You simply then return your form via FREEPOST and the RSPB can collate the information effectively.
Do you aim to make wildlife part of your garden? I'd love to hear/see so please do leave a comment below.