Friday, June 4, 2021
In recent years, the temperatures in the summer months has regularly risen above 35 degrees Celsius. For those who love tropical temperatures, this is of course wonderful, but for the birds in our country, this heat can be less than ideal. We have collected a number of tips that can provide extra refreshment.
We try to find some shade, go to the beach and make sure we drink enough, so we don't get overheated. We can help our friends in and around the garden in the same way.
A nice bath
Placing a bowl of water in the garden is really helpful. Preferably a large bowl, so that birds can not only use it to drink, but can also bathe in it. When there are enough baths in the neighbourhood, they don’t have to fly so far and they won’t get exhausted. Change the water on a daily basis when the temperature gets hot.
Tip: advise your customer to choose a practical spot in the garden. In the shade of for example a tree, the water stays fresh longer. Our hanging bird baths are perfect for this use, because you can hang them in the shade of the tree. No hanging space? A shady place around a tree or bush is easily created with a bird bath equipped with a metal pin to put in the ground. View the full range here.
How to help out different kinds of birds
Especially young birds and for example great tits and blue tits struggle with high temperatures. These birds take the benefit of a nesting boxes in a cool, shady place.
Tip: a temporary shelter or relocation of the nesting box. Advise your customer a nesting box made of natural material, such as wood. It will stay cooler than a nesting box made of, for example, plastic.
More tips for our garden friends
Since birds take the benefit of shade, having dinner in a feeding house can be a great help. Keep in mind that finding food during a heat wave is also more difficult. Insects go deeper into the ground because of the drought.
Tip: normally watering the soil is a good idea. This will draw insects like worms to the surface. With possible drought in mind, it's a better idea to advise people on feeding. You can find our complete range of seed mixes here.