Join the RHS today and support our charitable work
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Free entry to RHS members at selected times »
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Help us achieve our goals
Join the RHS today and support our charity
Give the birds in your garden a winter treat by making them some bird cake to eat. Warning: Bird seed often has nuts included so avoid this activity if you have a nut allergy.
Fat - use suet or lard (85g)
Good quality wild birdseed
A handful of raisins
A handful of peanuts
Some grated cheese
Bowls and wooden spoons
Yoghurt pots with holes in the bottom threaded with string
Put the fat in a bowl and leave in a warm place to soften, such as a radiator.
Place all the other ingredients into a big bowl.
Chop up the fat into small pieces and add to the other ingredients in the bowl. You can mix them together using a wooden spoon or your fingers.
Ask a grown up to make a hole in the bottom of a clean yoghurt pot. Double the string, tie a knot at the end and thread through the hole so that the knot is on the inside and the loop is outside the pot.
Put the mixture into the yoghurt pot or make into balls. Put the bird cake into the fridge to set. And then put it in your garden for the birds to enjoy!
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.