Last month, Katie told us all about fat and why it is good for birds, so I thought I'd have a go at making some speedy bird cakes, and see how they go down with my garden visitors. Fat cake

Using the recipe tucked away in our youth pages, it didn't take me long to make the cake and get it hanging in my garden.

It was certainly a well received treat - with a visiting flock of tits getting stuck in straight away, and my resident robin happy to stop off for an easy meal, too. A passing blackbird tried sitting on the cake, but it wobbled so much under his weight he had to hop off and could only look on as a couple of chaffinches flew in to investigate the seeds hidden in the lard.

All in all, I think this treat went down a storm with 'my birds' and I'll be making it again - I might even 'branch out' and make a nutty log next time, simply by drilling holes in some deadwood and smearing the mixture in the holes instead of putting it in a yoghurt pot.

But it isn't just the birds that benefit. If you start feeding the birds now, you'll more than likely build up a loyal bird following just in time for you to count them during your one hour Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of January!

Take a look at other food you can provide, or share your own feeding tips and recipes in the comments below.