Water is essential to life, but we don’t always stop to think about it. We switch on a tap and there’s the water for a cup of tea or coffee, a cool drink on a hot day or a bath or shower.
Wildlife shares our need for water, but are birds and animals, great and small, able to access water in our gardens?
In the recent hot spell during the 2020 lockdown, the water in our water butts ran out. The plant dish serving as a bird bath dried out too, and water levels in the wildlife pond became low. A problem in small ponds is deoxygenation, especially if leaves are decomposing at the bottom and there aren’t enough oxygenating plants. On the ground, dry earth meant fewer juicy slugs and snails – useful for my veg seedlings (if watered), but less than ideal for the thirsty hedgehogs and garden birds. Perhaps even those lucky enough to have a spring or a stream in the garden found that they were running dry.