I’ve received lots of lovely comments via Twitter and Instagram about my recent post encouraging people to make a natural wild bird feeder - so I thought I’d share a little more detail in this blog.

Give hungry wild birds a helping hand this winter by making a natural bird feeder. This is a simple and fun way for people of all ages, to help birds through the winter when natural food sources are scarce.

You will need: dried pinecones, natural garden twine or string, wild birdseed mix and lard.

  1. Tie a piece of twine onto the top of an open pinecone
  2. Cut lard into small cubes, then mix the bird seed and lard together
  3. Press the mixture into the pinecone
  4. Hang your birdfeeder outdoors

On the 27-29 January the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 takes place, so this would be an ideal way to encourage wild birds into your local park or garden. For further information and details on how to take part visit:

There’s nothing I love more than spotting and drawing wild birds and in my monthly column ‘An Artist’s Nature Journal’ in Country Living magazine, I share the flora and fauna I’ve spotted around my East Sussex home. If you’d like to take a look the March issue is out now. For details visit:


Lastly, I’m happy to say that I’m running a special spring offer for Country Living readers. CL readers can receive 15% off online orders, the code is listed in the March issue and the offer is valid until 2 March 2018. To view my current designs and collections visit:

That’s all for now.

Thank you for reading and happy bird watching!