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  1. It might be wet, soggy and a little grey outside but it's actually the perfect time of the year to encourage birds into your garden. It's not hard, but it's so rewarding.

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    • Feeders : Hang up a variety of feeders, seeds, nuts, and fat balls are popular in our garden. Each encourages a different bird into the garden. You can even make your own feeders using lard, seeds, nuts and raisins.

    • Bird baths : During the winter months check the water hasn't frozen over and top up regularly.

    • Bird boxes : We have a few in our garden some gorgeous wooden beach hut style ones high up on the house so our cat can't get them! We also have our homemade milk carton ones dotted around too.

    It shouldn't take too long before you start to see lots of birds hanging out. So why not develop your child's interest further with a Wild and Wonderful Bird Watching Kit (RRP: £12.99)

    What's inside?
    24 identification cards, mini folding binoculars, notebook and pencil, feeding recipes and tips.

    bird watching charlie

    This half term has been a wash out with rain and a very poorly Megan, but Moo has still had fun with his bird watcher kit.

    Using the notebook and identification cards start listing what birds you see. The cards also give details about what they eat and some specific characteristics. We have been visited recently and now daily by a nuthatch, Charlie used the cards to identify what they were eating and why they hang upside down and the usefulness of their odd shaped bill. You can then tailor your feed to try and encourage new birds type if you want. It's interesting to see what is popular in the garden, we find milliworms get left in piles untouched! 

    bird watching kit

     Use the code MOO15 on Wild and Wonderful for 15% off everything valid until 1st December 2015.

  2. If you are looking for somewhere to go this Half Term why not check out Cholderton Charlie's Farm near Andover. I spotted a Living Social Deal and we visited at Easter. There is a lot on offer at the farm, plenty of animals to see, touch, hold and feed (we paid a £1 for some feed in the shop when we arrived). You need a bag to feed the super greedy goats who Olive spent a lot of time with! There is also a play barn with soft play and a climbing wall, a small outside park, trampoline, bouncy castle and barn with bikes, trikes and tractors. 

    charlies farm

    It was a stunning day when we went and the farm was quite busy. I have a few quibbles, the activity times were quite relaxed and a bit disorganised. In the holding area there were literally 15 kids sitting while 3 animals were passed around, meaning lots of fidgeting and moaning. At Farmer Palmers they usually have a guinea pig per person but limit the number of children in at one time. This works a lot better, however Charlie's Farm did offer a variety with the chance to hold a guinea pig, rabbit and a chick! Megan loved holding the bunnies whilst Olive was keen to get her hands on a chick. 

    Olive holding a baby chick @charliesfarm #spring #easterbreak

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    Another highlight of the day was feeding some very hungry calves a bottle of milk. You can see on this little video how hungry they were! 

    Bottle feeding calf at @charliesfarm these boys were hungry!! #vloject52

    A video posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    The layout of the farm also meant that Nanny Moo and I could see the children clearly whilst we enjoyed a coffee, however there was quite limited seating and at one point we were perched on the side of the petting area.  The maize maze was also closed as well, which was a shame. The children had a great time and we did spend a few hours there. The staff were all very friendly and the animals well looked after. 

    Have you ever been to Cholderton Charlie's Farm? Not long after this visit we finally gave in and Megan got a rabbit!