1. Get the youngest, or oldest to cut out pictures of the commonest garden birds from newspapers or magazines. This will give you encouragement as to what you might attract, and also help identify your bird visitors.
2. Involve everyone in the house. Even those that claim to have no interest, or can’t tell a Sparrow from a Starling, can soon be won around when they see everyone else getting enthusiastic.
3. Get the children to find out whether their school friends feed the birds, or if the school has a garden or place where they could put up feeders. Likewise if you have a relative or friend in a sheltered house or nursing home, then they too could get involved. The more enthusiasm from family and friends, then the better the results.
4. Plan together to see what feeders you want. A simple bird table, a seed or nut container, or maybe just put the food on the ground.
5. Start small, and give it time. It takes the birds a while to know there’s a new café in town.
6. Don’t put out food too close to the house, but make sure you can all see the birds that come.
7. Keep the feeding regular so the birds get used to knowing when to come. Like us, they want to know when dinner is.
8. Be inventive. The birds don’t mind the dusty bits from cereal packets or the cut-up bacon rinds.
9. Experiment with different mixes of seeds and foods to see what the different birds enjoy. Fat balls, coconut halves, lovely creepy crawly mealworms, and extravagant looking feeders could be the next step
10. Finally, make sure you all have some fun and pleasure from feeding your birds.