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Garden bird feeding advice

Hello JPRs! Welcome to the new look JPR Newsletter, we hope you all had a great autumn and enjoyed the brilliant colours on display in the parks in Swansea. Did you see the trees change colour and drop their leaves? These are exciting times, the temperatures are starting to drop and everyone is getting ready for Christmas. We may even see some winter snow. In this newsletter we have a couple of new features, including ‘Jeff’s Corner’ and Draig the Dragon’s health and fitness tips.

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On Saturday 14 November, 12 Junior Park Rangers came to our event and made some brilliant birdfeeders to help the birds who visit their gardens throughout winter. There isn’t much natural food for birds to eat around at this time of year so why not follow some of the tips below to attract them and to help them out this winter?

What to feed? Sunflower seeds are one of the most popular choices and attract many different types of birds. You can also buy special seed mix to attract different birds. Just scatter your chosen mix on a bird table, put some in a hanging feeder or add some mix with lard and put it in the feeder described below.

How to feed? Birds are either ground feeders, which ‘peck’ food from the ground and bird tables such as robins and doves, or hanging feeders, such as tits and finches. So in order to attract a wide variety of birds you should preferably have both hanging feeders and flat surfaces. With all feeders remember to keep them topped up because your birds will come to rely on them in the cold weather. Remember to keep your feeders away from animals such as cats!

Welcome JPRs ......................................1

How to make a simple lard feeder?

Nature News .........................................1

: Firstly, find a log.

Draig’s Sports Ideas...............................2

: Then ask an adult to drill large holes into the wood.

Events ...................................................2

: Stuff the log full of bird seed mixed together with lard.

Jeff’s Corner .........................................3

: Drill another small hole through the top of the piece of wood and thread string through it.

Fun & Games ..................................3&4

: Tie the feeder to a well protected tree or other area where you can see it!


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Jokes

Competition Results In the Autumn newsletter we asked you to send us your ideas for the names for the cygnets to win a £40 Nandos voucher. The winner was Ben Jones. Ben thought we should name the Cygnets Luke, Yoda, Anakin and Leia. Ben is clearly a big Star Wars fan.

Draig’s Tips

3. Have a hearty breakfast Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eat a warm bowlful on a cold morning.

It may be cold outside but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.

4. Eat more fruit and vegetables

Here are five ways to make sure you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather's like.

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Get lots of sleep

2. Drink more milk You are much more likely to get a cold in winter. Milk and dairy products such as cheese & yogurt are great sources of protein, vitamins and calcium . Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, rather than full fat, and low-fat yoghurts.

Winter Events... 9 January

What do elves learn at school? The elf -abet. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Frosties. What Christmas Carol is a favourite of parents? Silent night. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite.

When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. Keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma, or sweet dried fruits such as dates and raisins instead.

5. Keep active! Try new activities for the whole family. Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge. Instead, get out and try a new activity; maybe a bracing winter walk on the beach or in the park You’ll feel great.

Indoor bulb planting and pot decoration

Ty'r Blodau, Singleton Park

10.00am - 12.00pm

13 February

Sport and games

Discovery Centre, Brynmill Park

10.00am - 12.00pm

16 February

Bird watching

Ty'r Blodau, Singleton Park

10.00am - 12.00pm

18 February

Sport and games

Discovery Centre, Brynmill Park

10.00am - 12.00pm

All of the above events are free, but booking is essential. Please ask an adult to book your place. Call  01792 635485 or email  juniorparkrangers@swansea.gov.uk.

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Jeff’s Corner Hi, I’m Jeffrey Richards. I work as the head gardener in the Botanical Gardens in Singleton Park. I have worked in the Parks section for 30 years.

Top Tips It’s getting cold and windy, but you can still do some fun things with plants inside and outside. Here are some ideas: : Grow mustard, cress and mung beans. : Grow a tree from seeds. You can collect these in Singleton Park. : Check your pond for wildlife and clean all the leaves out of the pond. (Get an adult to help you with this). : Pot a plant from the garden. Find a Begonia or a Geranium, place it in a four-inch pot and bring it into your house. Watch it flower through until spring.

Help Santa find Where’s the chimney! Birt?

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Can you spot where Birt is? Send us the correct answer and we’ll draw the winner out of a hat. The winner will receive a £45 Nandos family voucher. You’ll find where to send the entries on page 4.

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Fun & Games Colour Christmas Crafts

in Santa

Make your own reindeer Parents – why not make one each year to see how your child’s feet and hands have grown?

Equipment : Brown and orange paper : Pencil : Scissors : Glue : Googly eyes (optional) or black and white paper or even a black felt tip. : Red paper for nose

Method

Winter Wordsearch

: Trace around your foot using brown paper and cut the shape out. This will be the reindeer's head. : Trace around your hands using tan paper and cut these shapes out. These two will be the reindeer's antlers. : Glue the handprint "antlers" to the top of the reindeer. : Add a bright red paper nose, a paper (or drawn) mouth, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the reindeer's head.

Holly Hunt!

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SANTA SNOWMAN REINDEER SNOWFLAKE PRESENT TREE HOLLY COLD ICE STAR

Just for fun… how many holly sprigs can you find hidden in this news letter?

Junior Park Rangers Club

City and County of Swansea, Parks Development, Room 211, Penllergaer Offices, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GJ If you require this newsletter in another format please contact Marketing Services on  01792 635478.

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Junior Park Rangers Winter newsletter  

Have a look at the Junior Park Rangers Winter newsletter - the JPR club runs free activities in Swansea's parks