Cook up a feast

Pile in the lard without feeling guilty! Most of our native garden birds will benefit from tucking into a nutty, seedy lard-cake. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, all of which use natural ingredients.

Salt is very bad for birds, so whatever you do, don’t use the roasted salted variety. Stick to natural unsalted seeds, nuts, dried fruit and finely chopped bacon rind.

Melt some suet or lard in a pan, mix in your chosen ingredients, then simply pour into half a coconut shell. Hang it where you can see it to enjoy the display of birds.

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Make Your Garden Truly ‘Green’ by Finding an Alternative to Peat

Peat bogs are home to some unique mosses and insects. They’re really important conservation ground and preserve some amazing finds that surface every now and then including ancient Britons.

Although peat isn’t essential for gardens, it’s been commercially excavated and sold by garden centres to people who don’t realise the damage that’s being done. So the next time you’re at the garden centre, ask for a peat-free alternative. There are many choices, including coir, which is made from waste products from the coconut industry.

Better still, start your own compost heap and save yourself the money. Kew Gardens recycle 99% of their plant waste as compost.

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