Dippy at Home - Make a Bird Cake


Dippy at Home - Make a Bird Cake


Suitable for: children aged 5-11.

How to make your cake for birds.

Recipe for bird cake - you will need:

A mixture of the following:

• Bird seed
• Raisins
• Peanuts
• Grated cheese
• Suet or lard
• Yoghurt pots
• String
• Mixing bowl
• Scissors
• Adult for the piercing and supervising the cutting

How to make your bird cake:

1. Make a small hole in the base of the yoghurt pot and thread the string through so you'll be able to tie your bird cake to a tree or bird table. Secure with a big knot.

2. Let the lard or suet get to room temperature but you don’t need to heat it, your hands will do that.

3. Cut the fat up into very small pieces and put it into the mixing bowl.

4. Add some seeds and any other ingredients you have.

5. Now the fun bit. Get stuck in with your hands, squidge and squeeze the mixture together until it all holds together.

6. Fill the yoghurt pots with the seedy mixture and place in the fridge to set for a few hours.

7. Hang the finished cakes from a tree or bird table and watch the birds drop by for a snack.

Please use the hashtag #DippyAtHome to share any photos of your bird cake.


Learn about birds and their dinosaur ancestors

We now believe the birds we see on the planet today are the living descendants of dinosaurs. Watch this video, produced by the Natural History Museum (NHM), that shows why the sparrows we see in our garden are very distantly related to Dippy.

Watch the video on the NHM website (2mins 43secs) (external link)

So, whilst we can’t see dinosaurs anymore, we can see some of their relatives every day. One species we're currently trying to protect, so they don’t become extinct like Dippy, are the Ospreys. Ospreys are currently in the process of returning to the UK from their winter holiday in Africa. Ospreys eat fish and mainly live in Scotland although they are beginning to spread throughout the North of England and Wales.

You can watch them nest and feed, and hopefully hatch their chicks at the Scottish Wildlife Trust website.

See the Osprey webcam (external link)

Look out of the window and see how many different birds you can see in 30 minutes.

Use the interactive identifier from the RSPB to identify the types of birds (external link)

If you'd like to encourage more birds to visit, make your own bird feeder using this guide from the NHM.

How to make your own bird feeder (external link)

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