Garden Bird Baths
_Provide Garden Bird Baths To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden
Garden bird baths attract birds. No question!
And I am glad for it. If there's anything that's guaranteed to
make my wife laugh its watching birds bathe in one of our
garden bird baths. Whether it be a Blackbird or a Blue Tit
its sure to start the chuckling.
Here lies an added benefit in encouraging Wildlife into our gardens. Enjoyment. The Enjoyment of watching them at relatively close quarters seemingly have fun.
Not everyone would agree but we are convinced the birds
that use our bird baths are actually enjoying themselves
which adds to our pleasure.
So along with the practical benefits of providing water for birds
it seems to add to the quality of their lives. We feel these are good reasons to have garden bird baths in our garden.
Make Garden Bird Baths
A variety of materials can be used to make garden bird baths.
Stone, metal, plastic, ceramic pot and a variety of other materials are used to make bird baths. How much these cost depends on the material used and the design of the bird bath.
A copper bird bath will generally be more stable and maintain
its appearance, depending on its quality and design. Plastic lookalikes can often fool the eye from a distance, but not
when we get closer and certainly not when we lift them up.
A plastic bird bath will often be a lot lighter. This can be compensated by securing its base with pegs or if the siting
lends itself to it, it can be made more stable with large stones, this latter option worked with our plastic bird bath.
An add on feature that seems to be more available in the USA than in Britain is a bird bath heater, the idea is to make sure the water remains unfrozen so ensuring a supply of water for birds during very cold periods. It works in the same way as pond heaters. A nice idea with good intentions.
Would keeping the water moving with a solar powered bird
bath achieve the same thing?
Many reasonably priced adequate and attractive bird baths
can be sourced without too much effort, whether this be
locally or on the internet.
Home Made Plastic Bird Bath
A wide plastic planter has also been converted to be a bird
bath simply by filling it with gravel to a height that allows an approximate depth of 75-80mm of water.
We give this a blasting with our hosepipe every so often
to ensure it remains clean and healthy for the birds.
If you choose to make your own bird bath or to purchase one
it's certainly worth putting the time and effort into having
garden bird baths somewhere in your garden.
Wherever you site them, it's good to make sure that predators can't take advantage of the birds bathing.
Providing water for wildlife in our gardens is one of the best tips we can be given and will prove without doubt to be one of the most effective ways to invite wildlife into our gardens.