It's cold and snowy out there and everyone is freezing, including the birds. At this time of the year it's good to remember that our feathered friends need a little TLC as well.
1. Recycled Material Bird House by Peter MarigoldStarting with a roof over their heads: The bird house above is a TreeHugger's delight. Created by Peter Marigold, it is made from old shop signs and wood from crates. There are seven of them, all in irregular shapes, depending on how the surplus material was found.
They are quirky looking, and why not. As Marigold says "An invitation to use waste material is also an invitation to use wasteful geometry that is nonetheless as quick to create as a regular form."
2. "Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven" Bird House Installation
The astonishing bird houses encompassing "Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven," are still in situ. It's a sculptural installation for the birds, providing (architecturally designed) spaces for shelter, nesting or feeding. The installation will be in place for a year in several local parks around the east end of London.
3. Silver Teapot Bird House
If your birds were born with a silver spoon, or you have a very formal garden here's the answer: the silver teapot birdhouse. It's upcycled from different bits of vintage silverplate, all modified and welded together to form this little jewel.
4. Onion-Shaped Bird House
For the more modernist back yard, this onion-shaped birdhouse, with its pale, organic shape has a very retro look.
It is made by a co-op in Bangladesh that helps rural women by teaching them skills, providing design assistance and access to credit. So everyone gets a helping hand with this one.