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Create a DIY Bird Bath

To make a bird bath that’s safe and accessible, it needs to have shallow, sloping sides, be as wide as possible, and have a maximum depth of 10cm.  An old dustbin lid or large shallow plant saucer are good options.

Once you’ve found your bath, follow the easy steps below:

  1. Choose where you want to place your bird bath
  2. Make the surface nice a level so the bath won’t tip over
  3. Place your chosen bath on to the surface and fill with stones, pebbles, large marbles etc. This is to stop the bird getting completely soaked through or stuck.
  4. Finally fill the bath with water and hey presto!

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5 Top Tips to Save Energy Around the House!

There are a number of ways to save energy around the house. With the country now in lockdown, now is the time to start saving energy.

Here are just 5 easy ways to cut down on energy use around your home!

  1. Wash the dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher
  2. Always do a full load of washing instead of two half loads
  3. Change your light bulbs to energy saving ones
  4. Turn off any switches when not in use
  5. Turn off the radiators in unused rooms

These are just the start! Why not add your energy saving ideas to our website!

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Put a brick in your toilet cistern

One of the easiest ways to save water, is to reduce your toilet’s daily use. Drop a brick, handful of marbles or some other weighted, waterproof object into your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water it takes to fill and flush your tank.

There will be less water in the bowl, and less of your water bill going down the drain.

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Spot an Early Butterfly!

Most butterflies start to emerge in the warmer summer months of May- June. However, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot a few early mergers like the Peacock or Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

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Reuse egg shells to plant seeds

I created little planters for my pepper seeds, using old egg shells and the egg box to hold them in.

It’s super easy and a great idea to do with the kids.

  1. Wash out the old egg shells
  2. Place them in the egg box
  3. Fill each one with compost (this can be from your garden or an old potted plant you have around the house)
  4. Make a small well in the centre of each one
  5. Place 1-2 seeds inside and cover back up with the soil
  6. Give them a little water
  7. Place on to your windowsill
  8. Now, watch them grow!
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