Inspired by this video, I’ve been making a new year’s gift for the Dixon Hill birds (and other creatures).
STEP ONE: Attach an ordinary kitchen splatter screen to a grapevine wreath and tuck in lots of millet. (I really wanted to add lots of berried foliage too, but there’s a dearth of such stuff up here on the windswept moors right now.)
STEP TWO: Make a hanging heart from sunflower seeds and suet…..and wrap the last of the Christmas cranberries around the hanging strings.
STEP THREE: Scatter a feast of seeds, mealworm pellets, goji berries and chopped apple onto the tray. Serve for the delectation of waiting robins, blackbirds, pheasants, wood pigeons, tits, crows and squirrels.