Helping garden birds. A bird bath and drinking hole

Dustbin lin bird bath with mud and leaves

Dustbin lid bird bath with mud and leaves

All animals need water and a very easy and cheap way to help our garden birds is to provide a safe birdbath where they can wash and drink.
Simply turn a plastic dustbin lid upside down. Add some mud and leaves and fill with clean water.
Place in a secure location where the lid won’t tip over
The birds will be able to have a good wash and drink in water which is not too deep or slippery. This is particularly important for chicks that have just left their nest and do not realise yet that they can’t land on water and can drown.
Adding a bit of mud will provide a good foothold for the birds as well as nesting material for Thrushes who line their nests with mud.
Hedgehogs will also visit your waterhole for a drink.
Watching the wildlife in your garden can be observed using a video camera linked to your home.

3 Responses to Helping garden birds. A bird bath and drinking hole

  1. Lots of great ideas you have there and a great use for bin lids. I also add in a few stones of different sizes with some that stick above the surface of the water, to act as perches.

    I think with the relatively thin depth the bird bath will freeze quickly so a lot easier and much safer to tip the whole lot out and refill each time. Never walk around with containers of hot or boiling water!

  2. Its a great idea, You have been providing good information on Home gardening.

    Thanks
    Kate

  3. Wayne Stratz says:

    This is a wonderful blog. I truly am amazed at the work you and the rest of the crew did on A Private Life of Plants. I just blogged about how useful it is in my classroom.

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