Set amongst plants in borders, bird baths give birds the security they need to safely drink, bathe and preen their feathers.
It’s important to regularly change the water and keep baths clean, as algae, leaves and bird droppings will contaminate the water. Placing bird baths away from feeders will stop any seed and nut debris falling in, too.
To get birds to visit your garden in the first instance, it’s important that you provide natural food sources, shelter, supplementary food and nesting sites, as well as water.
Follow these simple steps to maintain your bird baths.
You Will Need
- A few large pebbles
- Watering can
- Scrubbing brush
- Detergent or disinfectant (optional)
Use a brush to scrub away any algae and debris. If you need to use detergent or disinfectant, make up a diluted solution and rinse really well. You could also use the hot water from a freshly boiled kettle to kill any germs.
Fill the bath with water from the rainwater butt. The water will evaporate quickly during warm weather, so top it up every couple of days.
Add a large stone or two to the bath to increase perching space for the birds and to help them make a fast getaway if needed.
Birds will want to use bird baths in winter, too, so prevent the water from freezing over by melting it with a kettle and changing the water regularly.