Birds not only use water to drink, but they also bathe in it, helping them fluff up their feathers to insulate themselves against the cold.
Experts have also found that clean birds are more streamlined, so can escape from predators quickly. Our bird bath is elevated, which will offer birds a better view of stalking cats.
Discover how to create this simple bird bath, below.
Our birdbath shopping list
You might already have what you need to get started on making your bird bath. If you don’t, we’ve done the hard work for you with our handy shopping list.
- Terracotta pot | from £1.35 at Crocus
- Water-resistant terracotta saucer | from £1.61 at Waitrose
- Evo-Stick Sticks Like Turbo adhesive | from £9.59 at Amazon
- Large pastel pink decorative stones | from £13.30 at B&Q
You Will Need
- Terracotta pot
- Terracotta saucer
- All-purpose glue or ceramic tile adhesive, suitable for outdoor use
Scrub clean the base of your terracotta pot, then apply a generous layer of waterproof glue or tile adhesive to the base.
Place the saucer on the base of the pot, settling it into the glue. Leave it for 24 hours to ensure that the glue dries thoroughly.
Place the bath in a suitable spot, such as the edge of a border. Add stones so birds can perch to drink fresh, clean water. The stones will also enable thirsty bees to drink from the bath, without danger of drowning.
Kate Bradbury says
Honeybees are also frequent visitors to bird baths, as they need water to regulate temperatures within the colony on hot summer days. They can easily drown in the water, however, so do ensure there are several pebbles or small stones in the bath to enable them to climb out if they get into difficulty.