Don't let the British Summer spoil your bird food!

Choosing bird feeders with proper drainage is essential to ensure the health and safety of the birds, especially during the notoriously wet British summers. Bird feeders without adequate drainage can easily become waterlogged, leading to the growth of mould and bacteria in the accumulated water and damp birdseed. This not only ruins the birdseed but can also be harmful to the birds that feed on it. To prevent this, look for feeders with multiple drainage holes at the base, allowing rainwater to escape quickly. Additionally, consider feeders made from materials that do not retain water and are easy to clean, such as plastic or metal, as these can further reduce the risk of clogging and contamination.

Moreover, strategically placing the bird feeders can help mitigate the impact of heavy rains. Position them in sheltered areas, such as under trees or eaves, to minimise direct exposure to rainfall. Some feeders come with built-in rain guards or can be equipped with weather guards that provide extra protection against the elements. Regular maintenance is also crucial; check and clean the feeders frequently to ensure the drainage holes remain unclogged and the feeding area dry. By selecting bird feeders with effective drainage and maintaining them properly, you can create a safer and more inviting feeding environment for birds, even during the damp and unpredictable British summer months.

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