Support local animals: build a bird feeder

What can I do?

These days it becomes increasingly difficult for birds to find food. Many places get paved, which results in less opportunity for nature to do its usual business. Luckily there are some easy, fun and sustainable ways to help out, even if you don’t have a garden. Let’s use quarantine time to create bird feeding systems out of your most unknown resource: ‘waste’!

Why make bird feeding systems out of waste, you might think. First of all, this gives you the opportunity to get going without having to leave the house, making it very corona responsible. Moreover, you will partake in an extremely important paradigm shift regarding circularity. When using ‘waste’ for something else, it becomes valuable and hence turns into a resource. Suddenly you don’t want to get rid of that piece of plastic packaging anymore!

We have outlined several creative methods for you. If you are getting the hang of it, make sure to research more possibilities, or visit the website of the Vogelbescherming (in Dutch) for everything you need to know about protecting birds.

  1. Finished your bottle of soda? Perfect, this will be the beginning of a lovely bird feeding system.
  2. If you have the opportunity to hang something, you can turn your bottle into a hanging feeding system.
  3. Remember that time in which we were allowed to meet people, and get together for parties? We even ate from the same source with chocolate or cheese fondue! Apparently, birds like this too. Learn here how you can create a fondue party using pinecones:

Don’t feel like DIY’ing, but still want to help out those beautiful birds? Check out these web shops for super sustainable systems. Ready out-of-the-box.

Not that interested in birds, but still want to create a more animal friendly environment? Maybe a bat house, butterfly B&B, or insects hostel suits your wishes:


More info

  • Would you like to learn more about biodiversity and wildlife in the world and more of what you can do to protect it? Watch David Attenborough’s documentaries “A Life in Our Planet” and “Life in Color”. Also watch the “Our Planet” series to learn more about all ecosystems on Earth and the species living in them.