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Open all hours: Inside the snack bar for birds

Just visiting: The snack bar is created out of dolls house pieces PICTURES: SWNS

A WILDLIFE photographer has created a miniature snack bar for the birds in her garden — using dolls house accessories.

Kate MacRae, a wildlife consultant who has appeared on Springwatch and Countryfile, came up with the fun idea so she could feed the birds in winter.

And this week’s snow provided a seasonal backdrop to the birds who dropped by for a bite to eat.

Rocking robin: The snow this week made things look festive

Kate, 50, has even fitted a camera at the back of the bar to live stream all the visitors who pop in.

‘I needed to create a set-up that would house an HD IP camera and be able to dispense a reasonable volume of food,’ she said.

‘I drew up lots of different plans and had lots of ideas. I discovered that 1/12th dolls house furniture and accessories were the ideal size for small birds.’

The ingenious design also features mini bottles of water, packets of crisp, a miniature microwave and a menu listing items for sale.

In development: Kate MacRae was inspired to build the bar to help feed birds in winter

But if crisps are not to the winged creatures liking, they can enjoy proper bird food, which is dispensed from a tray.

Within an hour of placing the bar outside her home, birds were soon flying in to have a look.

‘Even as it got dark and the internal lights illuminated the snack bar, the robin still visited. I’m thrilled,’ added Kate.

Watch it live at wildlifekate.co.uk