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A Christmas Tree for Wild Animals

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Wild animals alimentation Today I’d like to propose you a nice creative activity:

That the whole family will love!
That smells good and tasty  😉
That is not expensive

Share the Christmas Feast with wild animals! Decorate a Christmas Tree for them!

Eloi and I, we decorate the Christmas tree for wild animals traditionally on St. Stephen’s Day (26th of December), but it could be easily the Magi on the 6th of January that brings food for the animals.

With what can I decorate the tree?

Squirrel during winter
You can choose a variety of “sweets”. The animals will appreciate
walnuts
hazelnuts
acorns
chestnuts
cones
rose hips
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
corn cobs
grain
apples
pears
carrots
celery
col

 

What does not belong on the tree for wild animals?

fresh bread and other products made with yeast
crude and cooked potatoes
salty and / or spicy meals
natural materials purchased to decorate the Christmas trees (they can be chemically treated)

What kind of tree should I choose?

Any tree you find in the garden, in the fields, in the woods or in the park is perfect! You can decorate the conifer tree, deciduous tree or just a small bush.

For what animals should I decorate the tree?

In urban areas (parks and gardens) you find mostly birds. Choose a tree with a long trunk: while the birds will be enjoying our gift no dog will surprise them. It is also better to hang food at the end of the branches so no finicky cat can catch them.

In the forest and in the field you should know that:

  • The lower branches of the tree will tempt hares and rabbits
  • Further up a roe deers and chamois will eat
  • Above them deers
  • The birds, rodents, squirrels and other flying and climbing experts will arrive to the top of the tree.
  • You can leave some goodies under the tree as well.

I attach some photos with ideas on how to decorate the tree.

Apple on a Christmas tree Apples and carrots on the log Decorate a tree with a chain made with fruits

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