Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Look af­ter birds

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

There is plenty of food about for gar­den birds in mid­sum­mer, but there has been trou­ble afoot in the bird­bath de­part­ment for some time. Many birds like to drink and splash about in these and we like to watch them from the kitchen win­dow. Take the trou­ble to drain the bowl, scrub it out with a stiff brush and a mild dis­in­fec­tant and rinse a cou­ple of times be­fore re­fill­ing. A mucky bird­bath is the source of bird­pox, which spreads rapidly and causes deaths, as shown by the no­tice­able fall in the song­bird pop­u­la­tion. It won’t take you long.

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