By putting a bird bath in your garden, you will be providing birds with a place to bathe and a place to drink. It is good if you have more than one location for the birds to drink from; some
small birds are nervous of the larger birds surrounding a bird bath, for instance. So a good place to provide drinking water is as part of a bird feeding station in a bowl on the main
feeding station pole. Another alternative is to provide two bird baths; a main one for the larger birds and a small one for the smaller species.
A good bird bath should have a sturdy construction, but make sure that when it comes to cleaning and refilling your task is an easy one.
According to the RSPB it is important to remember the following bullet points when buying a bird bath:-
It should have shallow sloping sides
The depth of the water should be between 1 and 4 inches deep so that you attract different species
Make sure the bird bath surface is rough, so birds can grip it with their claws, and not slip
Make sure your bird bath is big enough as vigorous bathing of a flock of starlings can use up a lot of water
The bird baths featured on this page will satisfy all the above criteria, so rest assured that the birds will be well catered for!
Once you have bought your brand spanking new bird bath you need to ask yourself the question,” where shall I put it?” The position of your bird bath is very important. The birds need to feel safe when they use it. Birds enjoy bathing so much that they become preoccupied with it and are thus more vulnerable than at other times.
Make sure birds have clear visibility as they bathe, with bushes or trees nearby to provide cover if alarmed. Make sure that cats cannot use the cover to attack bathing birds. You can do this by placing a thick layer of clippings from thorny vegetation, such as rose or pyracantha, beneath the bushes. Experiment with different positions for the bath and try to find the most popular site.
Detailed below are reviews of some of the best bird baths available today:-
RSPB Bronze Bird Bath
Manufacturer: RSPB Sales Ltd
Material: lightweight weatherproof resin
Shallow dish (7cm) for bird safety
Easy to clean and supplied with ground pegs
100% of RSPB profits help save birds and wildlife
Dish Depth : 7cm
The RSPB bronze bird bath is made from lightweight weatherproof resin and has a very attractive bronze finish. It is easy to clean and has a shallow dish for bird safety. It comes in 3 parts and is easy to assemble requiring no tools. This product is supplied with ground pegs as its lightweight structure has a tendency to blow over in strong winds.
If you want a very simple bird bath with no fuss and do not want to part with too much of your hard-earned cash then this product may be the one for you. Remember, also, that all the profits of this product go directly to the RSPB to help protect birds and wildlife.
Wildlife World Echo Bird Bath with Stand
Manufacturer: Wildlife World
Made From Hi Fired Ceramic
Easy To Clean
Ridged Bowl To Stop Birds Slipping
Basin Diameter: 30cm
The Echo bird bath with stand is one of the best selling designs, which is not surprising when you see its beautiful look. It is made from frost-resistant mottled green glazed terracotta with a quote by the poet William Blake ‘To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour’ around its unglazed rim. It comes in 2 easy fitting parts – a basin and pedestal.
The bath has a ripple step design inside the basin which is not only a very attractive feature but also a functional one as it provides extra grip for wild birds. It is a short bath being only 40 cm high and also has a correspondingly small basin diameter of 30cm. This is more than offset by its wonderful design.
Wednesbury Birdbath And Sundial Cast Stone
Manufacturer: Garden Sculptures & Ornaments
Shallow depth dish
Height: 67cm ( 27-inch )
Weight: 50cm ( 20-inch )
Comes in three unfixed parts
The Wednesbury bird bath and sundial is at the premium end of the market and you certainly get what you pay for. It is a great addition to any garden and will look magnificent once put in place. It comes in three parts which the company advises should be bonded together by outside mastic to add further stability.
The bath is made of frost-proof cast stone and comes with a wonderful brass sundial making it a stunning focal point in any garden.
Umbrella Duck Family Birdbath Solar Water Feature
Solar powered birdbath water fountain
Features a family of brightly coloured ducks sheltered under an umbrella
Hear the relaxing sound of running water
No running costs!
Height: 84cm ( 34-inch )
Diameter: 48cm ( 19-inch )
Shallow depth dish
This quaint bird bath features a number of brightly coloured ducks sheltering under an umbrella. It is made of resin with a bronze-effect finish, comes in at a relatively weighty 12 kg and features a solar powered pump which pumps water to the top of the umbrella and cascades it into the bird bath below, creating a placid atmosphere anywhere in your garden.
One drawback with this product is that the manufacturer recommends that the item is stored indoors or inside a garage during frosty weather, or covered with a frost protector. The bath is easy to assemble and the pump works with the slightest direct sunlight, even during the winter period.
Go Garden Ancient Salt Glaze Bird Bath
Manufacturer: Go Garden
This is a stupendous looking stone bird bath with a beautiful finish inspired by volcanic rock formations. It is strong and sturdy and comes in at a very weighty 25kg for its moderate height of 2-feet. It comes in two parts, the dish having a nice ceramic finish and is easily put together – the dish has a circular groove which just sits on the base.
The bath is weatherproof and frostproof and should last for years as a proud centerpiece in your garden. Rest assured that such a bath has no chance of being knocked over by a strong breeze or even by an excitable dog.
Verdigris Solar Garden Bird Bath and Planter
Manufacture: Coopers of Storford
Material: polyurethane, UV stabilised
Height: 95cm ( 37-inch )
Diameter: 43cm ( 17-inch )
Solar lantern switches on at dusk
Upper feeding platform perfect for attracting wild hungry birds
At the base is a planter which can be set with your favourite plants
classic verdigris finish
This bird bath incorporates three main features: a shallow bird bath, a planter and a decorative solar light ( switches on at twilight, giving up to eight hours of light.) It is polyurethane based, ultraviolet stabilised, weather-resistant with a classic verdigris finish.
Although this is a pretty inexpensive product considering its multi-functionality, a number of purchasers have mentioned that it is tricky to put together. Perhaps you should steer clear if construction puzzles are not to your liking. The bath also needs stabilising with pegs at its base to prevent it from falling over in high winds.
Bird Bath – Blue Ceramic
Manufacturer: Wildlife World
Great for small gardens
2 stones included with purchase
Finally, we have the attractive Blue Dipper bird bath, a nice little bath that will look great in very small gardens. The blue ceramic finish is frost-resistant and complements perfectly its natural terracotta rim.
Two terracotta landing stones are included with this product but some purchasers note that they are too lightweight and not particularly useful. They are very easily replaced by any stones you may have lying around your garden. Overall, a very attractive little bath that will not break the bank.
How to Clean a Bird Bath
One of the best things you can provide for the birds in your garden is a clean source of water. Dirty, stagnant water is a definite no-no and not just because of its taste. Dirty water can spread disease to your backyard birds and also has the capacity to attract a variety of pests. It is essential to keep your bird bath as clean as possible.
Every time you refill the bath, use a hose pipe on a high-pressure setting to clear away any debris that has accumulated. Position the bath so it is as far away from falling leaves and other debris as possible.
Take the following steps to clean your bird bath:-
- Dump out any old stagnant water.
- Scrub out any debris with a rag.
- Use a solution of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water to clean the bath thoroughly.
- Rinse the bath thoroughly with water until any chlorine smell is gone.
- Leave to dry.
- Fill with freh water.