How to make a log bird feeder

Keep the woodpeckers and nuthatches happy with a homemade feeder

 

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On your next trip outside, keep an eye out for a nice sturdy log. With a few quick drills and screws, the old tree part can become the feeding platform for garden birds.

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It’s the perfect project for getting you outside using your hands, with the added value of offering support for local wildlife.

A Great Tit (Parus major) on a Pine Tree
Great tits are just one of many species that will benefit from your new log bird feeder ©Getty

You will need

  • a log
  • drill
  • screw-in hook,
  • chain/wire
  • suet
  • bird seed

Method

1. Find a log
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Collect a log from your garden or a nearby park – the size is up to you, but make sure it’s not rotten inside.
2. Create feeding holes
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Attach a one-inch drill bit and make several one-inch-deep holes along the length of
the log. 
3. Twist in hook

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Using a small drill bit (a little narrower than the screw), make a two-inch-deep hole in the top of the log. Twist in the hook.

4. Make bird food mixture

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Make the bird food by stirring the suet and seed in a bowl, then push the mixture tightly
into the holes.

5. Hang feeder

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Attach a chain or piece of wire on to the hook, hang the feeder from a tree and wait for the birds to come.

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Main image ©Alan Batley