Natural Stone Bird Bath
The Birds and the Bees
A natural stone bird bath is a wonderful addition to any garden. A bird bath will attract a variety of wild birds looking for a place to bathe and for a good source of drinking water. A bath helps the birds but also gives garden owners a better chance of seeing a variety of interesting species.
Your New Natural Stone Bird Bath
The only trouble is that birds may not be the only beneficiaries of your bird bath! It can be very upsetting when you have invested in a beautiful natural stone bird bath for your garden, only to have it invaded by an entirely different kind of visitor.
Buzzing with Activity
All wildlife needs water to survive. Water can be hard to find in urban areas or in times of drought and so you can be sure that if you provide water, the animals will visit you. You may be delighted to welcome interesting and colourful birds, but perhaps not so happy to find your garden full of bees!
The Bird Bath Dilemma
Bees are often attracted to bird baths and you can find that your particular bath is quickly overrun with them. Birds won’t want to drink or bathe when there are lots of bees about. You might find that the bath you have placed in your garden to attract the birds is actually keeping them away.
This situation presents a dilemma. Just as some species of bird have been in decline in the UK, so have bees. The bees are a vital element of the eco system and so it is important that they prosper. For this reason a bee friendly garden is a great idea but how do you ensure that you can also attract the birds to your bird bath?
Divide and Conquer
The trick is to provide an alternative source of water for the bees. This means providing a water source that is more appealing to them than your bird bath. Bees will be attracted to yellow, blue or white so use a dish in one of these colours to create a bath for the bees. It is safer for the bees if you place small stones or gravel in the dish. If you have a natural stone bird bath then the colour and rough surface of this bath is more appealing to the birds than the colourful dish. You can create a natural divide.
Position the bee bath well away from the bird bath. If you find that the bees continue to use the bird bath this is because bees tend to be creatures of habit. Once they have found a source of water they will continue to return to it. You can break the cycle by emptying the bird bath for a few days and then the bees will go looking for an alternative and will latch on to your new dish. As bees dislike cold water it can also help if you keep refreshing the water in your bird bath whilst allowing the bee bath to warm up a bit.
You can create an environment in which both the birds and the bees can prosper. You just need two baths instead of one. Use the more subtle bath like a natural stone bath, or similar, for the birds and something brighter for the bees. Easy!