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      Birds need water for drinking and bathing. There are many ways of providing water in the garden, but the simplest? A bird bath.

      Bird baths are particularly important in weather extremes: During winter when natural supplies may be frozen, and in dry conditions such as hot summers with weeks of no rain.

      To find out more about choosing a bird bath and water for birds, you can view our Bird baths guide.

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      Bird bath FAQs

      Should a bird bath be in the sun or shade?

      Bird baths should be placed out of direct sunlight, this prevents the water from becoming excessively hot and uncomfortable. Placing a bird bath in a shaded, sheltered area can considerably reduce evaporation, allowing the water to last longer. Algae will not grow as quickly in cooler water, and insects will be less likely to lay eggs. If full shade is not possible, situate the bath so that it is shaded from mid-to-late afternoon through the hottest portion of the summer day.

      Can a bird bath be too deep?

      Deep water is unappealing to most birds. A bird bath should be no more than 2 inches deep. Smaller birds can easily go in and splash around at this depth. You could always add a few large stones or pebbles in the water if your bird bath is deeper than a couple of inches and you don't want to replace it. These will provide a safe space for the birds to stand on and around the bath without making it too deep.

      Do pennies keep a bird bath clean?

      Algae tends to grow in birdbaths; adding a few copper coins to your birdbath will stop the algae from growing. It is not dangerous to birds, and it is a tried-and-true method for lowering algae and keeping your bird bath cleaner for longer.

      How do you attract birds to your bird bath?

      A garden bird bath is one of the most effective ways to attract more birds. It will also help you to attract a greater variety of species at the same time. Birds love cover because it provides them with a sense of security. As a result, placing the bath near plants or other forms of shelter improves the chances of them using it. Ensure that the birds have clear visibility while bathing, and that there are shrubs or trees nearby to give cover, as well as perches for preening.

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