Carymoor Environmental Trust

Willow weaving course - bird feeders

Willow weaving course - bird feeders

Come and spend a relaxing day with us at the Carymoor Nature Reserve, creating two beautiful bird feeders from willow.

Starts: 16th Apr 2021 to 17th Apr 2021

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th April 2021 (2 courses)

10am to 4pm on each day

***Both courses fully booked***


Come and spend a relaxing day with us on the Carymoor Nature Reserve, creating two beautiful bird feeders from willow. You will learn about the tradition of willow in Somerset, see how we manage our plantation at Carymoor, and harvest some willow to use. You will also have the opportunity to have a guided walk on the Carymoor Nature Reserve and find out more about the amazing creatures that live amongst the willow.


What to expect:


  • A small group of a maximum of 5 people.
  • The session will be led by Carymoor's Education Manager, Karen Boswell.
  • We are a Covid-secure business and will be following social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe. 
  • The course will be held in our outdoor classroom, so please wear suitable clothing. We would advise that you wear long trousers and sturdy shoes.
  • Please bring your own lunch.


Make two different types of bird feeders to take home and hang in your garden (suitable for use with fat balls). One bird feeder will be made using a corn dolly style and the other will introduce you to two different weaving techniques called the three-rod wale and pairing. We will also make a snail from willow.


All the tools and materials you need will be provided on the day.

These courses are open to Somerset residents who are age 19 or over.

No other experience is required.


Booking essential: Places for these free days are limited. For more information or to book a place phone 01963 351350 or e-mail


Participants must be aged 19 or over and be a Somerset resident. We are able to offer this day free of charge thanks to funding from SS&L.



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