Nature-loving children collect fir cones, twigs and branches to make bird feeders

Children and their families came together on Sunday to make bird feeders and learn about the dangers their favourite species face as a result of climate change.

Nature lovers from Wimbledon Common Nature Club – supported by the London Wildlife Trust – gathered at the information centre in Wimbledon Common to talk about different bird species and why some are in danger.

Children were taught about the decline of Skylarks in Wimbledon Common. The birds nest on the ground and the club said the “serious” drop in numbers has been caused by a loss of habitat and dogs disturbing their nests.

Rosie English, 8, collecting twigs and branches (Picture: Auriel Glanville) 

The group collected fir cones, twigs and branches from the common to make into bird feeders back at the information centre.

The feeders were made from recycled plastic bottles, juice cartons, and yoghurt pots as well as fir cones and branches covered with vegetable fats and birdseed.

Freda Kleyn, 6, mixing up wild bird food (Picture: Auriel Glanville) 

Club leader Auriel Glanville, said: “It was lovely to see the children making the bird feeders to help birds survive in winter and beyond, taking them home to put up in their gardens and parks and looking forward to watching them with their binoculars and taking photographs.  

“The club is currently looking for volunteers to help with our sessions.”

Pictured top: From left, Asaki Miyahara, 3, Eliza English, 11, Freda Kleyn, 6, Rosie English, 8, Sohei Miyahara, 9, Luci Teuma club assistant, and dog “Tiggy” (Picture: Auriel Glanville) 

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