Bird baths save lives and are a great Christmas gift too

GARDEN centres and garden and DIY retailers are being encouraged this winter to promote bird baths as the perfect Christmas gift for shoppers as they not only look good but help save lives too.

Gardman, which is the UK’s largest supplier of wild bird care products and a keen supporter of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) – Britain’s leading wild bird research organisation, is encouraging people to buy their loved one a bird bath this Yuletide.

Gardman’s Director of Environment and Conservation, Dr Nick Carter explained: “Water is vital for birds not only for drinking but also for bathing in to keep their feathers in good condition. It is critical to birds’ survival as their feathers provide insulation, which could be a matter of life or death during the long, cold winter nights.

“This is why it’s so important to provide a source of water in even the smallest garden, patio area or back yard.

“Clean, fresh water is an important ingredient for wild bird survival, especially in freezing conditions. We want people to try and ensure there is a constant, clean and plentiful supply of water in their gardens for birds to drink and bathe in.”

Gardman sponsors the BTO. Part of the purchase price of Gardman’s wild bird care products is paid to the BTO. So not only are people helping save bird lives by buying a bird bath they are also contributing invaluable funds to the UK’s leading ornithological research charity.

Voted the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and the Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s (GIMA) ‘Supplier of the Year’ for the eighth year running this year (2009), Gardman is the country’s leading provider of gardening and wild bird care products.  

The products are designed to bring gardens to life. The company’s comprehensive and innovative range includes gardening tools, greenhouses, grow your own products, hanging baskets, lighting and accessories, backed by an exemplary customer service policy.

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