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Ping-pong balls can save garden birds this winter, says RSPB

PUBLISHED: 16:01 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

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PING PONG balls and wine corks are being suggested in an appeal to households in London this week to help garden birds survive the Big Freeze. Even the gentlest of breezes can move the floating balls and corks through water and make garden bird baths less likely to ice-up, according to the RSPB

PING PONG balls and wine corks are being suggested in an appeal to households in London this week to help garden birds survive the Big Freeze.

Even the gentlest of breezes can move the floating balls and corks through water and make garden bird baths less likely to ice-up, according to the RSPB.

The bird protection charity has issued its New Year ping pong appeal’ as the Met Office records the coldest start to winter in 30 years.

“Small birds need to drink at least twice a day—it’s their lifeline,” warned Tim Webb of the RSPB London team.

“Ping pong balls and corks help keep the water moving and prevent it freezing.

“We’re urging Londoners to make sure our cockney sparrows, blue tits, starlings and other urban birds get all the help they need to survive.”

He also suggests lining birdbaths with plastic sheets or bin liners just in case the water does freeze on bitter nights, as temperatures plummet. The ice can then be lifted out each morning and left on the ground to thaw during the day while the birdbath is refilled with fresh water.


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