Three ways to help thirsty wildlife during hot weather
By Charlotte Owen
Garden wildlife can struggle when the weather gets hot, here are some simple actions you can take to help them this summer
#1: Put fresh water in the same place each time and in the shade if possible (but not under trees if you have cats). Top up during the day & refill in the evening to help the nocturnal visitors.
#2: Dustbin lids and terra cotta plant saucers make idea water containers but if those aren't readily to hand then anything that can hold water will do.
Try to put a stone or small rock into the water as this will not only provide a perching point if needed but will also stabilise the container. A rock in the water can also be a life saver for any insects such as bumblebees that may fall in as they can clamber out this way.
#3: Remember to clean out the container regularly as water can easily become contaminated with faeces and old food.
Alternatively if you have space, why not dig a wildlife pond (visit: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/ponds). This will provide water for wildlife all year round.
More ways to help