How to maintain a bird bath

How to maintain a bird bath

Keep your garden birds healthy, by regularly cleaning your bird bath. We show you how.

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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.

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.

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Follow these simple steps to maintain your bird baths.

Placing bird baths away from feeders will stop any seed and nut debris falling in.
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You Will Need

  • A few large pebbles
  • Watering can
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Detergent or disinfectant (optional)

Step 1

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.

Scrubbing the bird bath
Scrubbing the bird bath

Step 2

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.

Filling the bird bath with water
Filling the bird bath with water

Step 3

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.

Adding a stone to the bird bath
Adding a stone to the bird bath
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Winter maintenance

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.

Blue tit. Photo: Getty Images.

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.

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