Blue tit on feeder

Food and water for wildlife

There are loads of great ways to provide food and water for wildlife, varying in scale and complexity; from making a butterfly-bar to a pine-cone bird feeder.

This activity is about supplying water and the right food for a variety of wildlife, to encourage them to your grounds. This could be completed as part of a science topic about life processes or food chains.


Read how to keep your garden birds healthy for important information about cleaning feeders, bird tables and bird baths, to keep the birds that use them, fit, healthy and disease free.


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This activity supports the following subjects: Science, Design and Technology.


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What do I need?

  • Foods such as bird seed, fruit, cheese, raisins, breakfast cereal such as oats.
  • Use our guides below to making feeders or you can get creative with your own designs!

What do I do?

  1. Choose the animal or bird that you’d like to feed.
  2. Research the types of food they like.
  3. Make or set up feeders and keep them clean.
  4. You can use our how-to sheets below to help you.
  5. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.

Welsh resources:

A close up of five seedballs piled on a table. The balls contain grubs, seeds, berries and white fat

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading photos of your feeders, or even the animals that are using them. You could write a description of what you did or even draw pictures.

Get them thinking

Here's a prompt to help with learning:

  • Why do you need to decide which species you want to feed first?
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