Barnsley bird sanctuary wellie appeal

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YOU probably wouldn’t want to eat out of an old Wellington boot - but our feathered friends certainly would.

That’s why RSPB Old Moor is encouraging people to donate their old wellies, which the reserve team will then use to show people how to make unique bird feeders and welly gardens.

The bird feeders can then be used to encourage birds to come into gardens and be counted in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the biggest survey of garden birds in the world, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday.

Liane Holdsworth, visitor experience officer at the reserve, said: “We want people to bring their old wellies to Old Moor so we can show them how to make simple bird feeders.

“The feeders are essential at this time of year to help birds over the cold, snowy period, ensuring they keep up their body weight and stay in tip top condition.

“Just hanging a feeder in the garden will really help birds survive the winter.”

RSPB Old Moor in the Dearne Valley was awarded a National Lottery Award for Best Environment Project.