Water for birds in winter is important and can easily be forgotten about
A lot of birds need to drink fresh water at least a couple of times a day.
We take water for granted as all we have to do is turn on a tap. No so for wildlife they are at the mercy of the elements – and we can help them survive
When frost and snow appear their water disappears.
I have put together Readers Tips for giving birds water in winter
1. Put a plastic liner in the water bowl before you put the water in. When the water freezes all you have to do is pull the liner off. No more scraping out an ice filled water dish.
2. Buy a heated dog water bowl. This keeps the water unfrozen all the time.
3. Try and keep an area of a pond unfrozen. this is hard, but if a piece of wood or a ball is kept in the water it can sometimes be taken out and a small amount of water is showing.
4. Keep defrosting the water all during the day when it is really cold ( Impossible I know, but you know what I mean)
One water dish I sometimes use has a smooth base so I put some stones in for the birds to perch on.