Bird Seed Cakes

This time of year I like to make seed cakes for the birds. There are still a lot of insects and wild seeds and berries around but they’ll be increasingly hard to come by as the month goes on. So the birds can get a head start and put on some weight before winter comes in force, I put out a seed cake every week or so.

There are loads of guides out there on how to make a seed cake but this is what I do. You will need

1 plastic takeaway dinner container
Bird peanuts
Cheap sultanas
Wild bird seed
1/3 pack of lard

Crush some bird peanuts in a mortar and pestle

Seed cake

Fill a third of the plastic container with the crushed nuts and add a handful of sultanas.

Seed cake

Fill to the top with bird seed.

Seed cake

In a frying pan, melt the lard.

Seed cake

Once fully melted, turn off the heat and add the seeds, nuts and sultanas from the plastic container.

Stir around making sure everything is coated with the lard.

Seed cake

Tip seeds etc back into the plastic container along with all the lard. Firm down with the back of a metal spoon.

Seed cake

Allow seed cake to cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge or outside under a cover.

Once it has fully set and is firm to the touch, either place outside, leaving in the container or turn out the seed block onto a bird table then wash and reuse the container for next time.

Seed cake

You can use a flower pot to contain the seed cake if you want and hang it up but I find they are only suitable for smaller birds like blue tits and the bigger birds like starlings, pigeons, jackdaws go hungry. This way everyone’s happy.

Starlings arguing over a seed cake

About James

I am a keen forager, gardener, cook and metal detectorist. I enjoy growing my own veg, using my smoker, foraging for all manner of flora and fungi and just love getting out in the wild.
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