Look at the birdy!
Attract our feathered friends to your garden with a simple project and native plants
Attract wildlife to your garden with a simple bird feeder
Australia has an amazing array of flora and fauna, so why not use one to attract the other? Using found limbs and branches, you can create a bird feeder that’s reminiscent of the bush – and by surrounding it with a selection of bird-attracting natives, your garden will be a riot of living colour.
EASY STEPS TO BUILD YOUR BIRD FEEDER
Gather your supplies
• Tree limbs and branches in varying thicknesses
• 300mm pot saucers
• 6mm marine plywood
You’ll also need 135cm star pickets; drill; 65mm batten screws; knife; various drill and spade bits; various screws
STEP 1 To support the limbs which will be the posts, drive star pickets into the ground so they’ll be hidden behind the posts. Screw through the holes in the pickets into the posts with 65mm batten screws. STEP 2 To make the branches, which will be horizontal roosts, fit into the posts, first use a sharp knife to whittle the end until it is a few millimetres narrower than a spade bit that is close to, but narrower than, the diameter of the branch.
STEP 3 Use the spade bit to drill a hole in the post for the branch. Insert the whittled end of the branch in the post, resting the other end in a bough of the other post. Predrill and screw through the post into the branch.
STEP 4 Continue adding more branches between the posts to make even more roosts, drilling and screwing through the posts with suitably sized screws. There are no rules, just add branches to suit the look you want.
STEP 5 Screw pot saucers to the branches for seed and water dishes.
STEP 6 To cover the seed dishes, cut off the tops of the posts near the dishes and screw in a square piece of marine ply. Another option is to cut a slot in the post and slide the cover in it before screwing to an adjacent part of the post.
Build it and they will come! Fill your garden with all the colours of the rainbow using a simple bird feeder. The cover over the seed tray provides protection from predators pouncing from above so the birds feel more comfortable. This year, the entire BHG TV team has something special on the go, taking a standard suburban house and garden built in the ’80s and transforming it from humdrum to awesome. This month, they’re building a bush-themed bird feeder. Along the way, there’ll be loads of tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use on your home. Just keep an eye out for the symbol above!