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Make a home for wildlife
2 November 2009
Taking care of your feeders, bird table and birdbath will reduce the chances of spreading diseases
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When a large number of birds are attracted into an area to feed, the danger of disease increases. Prevention is always better than a cure, and is the best thing you can do to help the birds.
Most diseases are transmitted by droppings. If contaminated droppings mix with food, the birds run a risk of picking up the infection. Since the contamination can originate either from other birds or from animals (such as rats), it's important to guard against infection from both sources in your garden.
Good hygiene is particularly important during the summer months. The warmer weather can make food go off quicker, and can provide ideal conditions for harmful bacteria.
Our wildlife adviser Ian Hayward tells you how to safely feed and care for the birds in your garden. Published: 15 October 2008