How to make a bird bath
Provide vital fresh water for your garden birds.
Illustrations by Alan Batley
Fresh water is essential for birds, for drinking and for washing their feathers.
A bird bath is a simple way to provide fresh water, and this step-by-step guide will help you make your own:
First, glue around the bottom of an upturned terracotta pot with glue for outdoor use.
Place a sealed/glazed saucer on top, and allow the glue to set. The saucer surface should be rough or textured to provide grip.
Make a small pile of pebbles on one side of the saucer. This will provide both an escape route for birds and a basking spot for insects.
Fill the saucer with water, ensuring the pebbles are not fully submerged. Keep it clean and topped up with fresh water.
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