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Help a feathered friend in need... STAYING IN Here's how to make your own bird bath.

IT'S great fun to watch our feathered friends frolicking and splashing in a bird bath. As well as providing them with drinking water, a bath helps them cool down in hot weather and keeps their feathers free of the dirt and dust that can affect their flight.

You can make a simple bird bath out of plant pots, says the Woodland Trust YOU WILL NEED: A large terracotta plant pot A large plant saucer Strong glue Some small stones or gravel HOW TO MAKE IT 1. Turn the plant pot upside down - you might want to get a grown up to help you if it's too heavy.

2. Spread glue over the top and press the saucer down on it to make the basin.

3. If you'd like to make your bird bath more colourful, decorate it - acrylic paint is best for this.

4. Seal it with a clear varnish to make it weather-proof. Don't paint the inside of the saucer though, this could be harmful to the birds that use it.

5. Put a layer of small stones or gravel in the saucer so the birds don't skid on the slippery surface, and fill it with fresh water.

WHERE TO PUT IT PUT it in a level, open spot so cats can't creep up on the birds while they're using it. It's good if there are some bushes or trees not too far away though, so that birds can hide in them if they feel threatened.

Make sure you clean your bird bath and top it up with clean water regularly.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 29, 2018
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