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Make a bird feeder from an old water bottle


Birds don’t just need a helping hand in the winter, they can experience food shortages at any time of the year. By providing food and water all year round, you’ll encourage visitors to your patch and help our amazing wild bird population to thrive.


Birds won’t go hungry and thirsty – not in our backyard!

Stuff you'll need:

  • Plastic drinks bottle
  • Wire or string
  • Bird seed
  • Scissors

Step-by-step guide

  1. Cut a hole in the side of your bottle. The hole should be big enough so that birds can easily get to the seeds but not so big that it will get easily caught by the wind and blow off or fill up with water when it rains. 
  2. Make a few small holes in the bottom of the bottle so that any rain that does get in can drain away. 
  3. Fill your feeder with bird seed and hang it with wire or string from a tree or washing line.
  4. Keep your feeder well stocked, especially in winter. If it starts to wear out or the food goes mouldy, recycle and replace it!


Some beautiful birds will soon start flocking to your patch! Get to know them using this Garden bird spotter sheet.