A prolonged heat wave can also be life-threatening for wild animals: Many animals cannot find water in such times and are dependent on the help of humans.
Hedgehogs: Many hedgehogs currently have puppies, but due to the dry weather and high temperatures the hedgehog mothers hardly find any water and food and are therefore unable to produce enough milk for their babies. Whole hedgehog families die so painfully in the summer heat.
With a small gesture you can save lives: Place a water bowl in the garden (no milk) and give hedgehogs - and other animals - the opportunity to get liquid.
Birds: Our native birds are also dependent on water and benefit from a waterhole. In addition to the vital drinking water offered by a bird bath, they can also cool off and care for their plumage. Important: Flat edge so that birds can land, roughened bottom so that the animals have a foothold, depth from 2.5 cm at the edge to 5 or 10 cm in the middle so that various large bird species can bathe.
Insects: A drinking trough for bees, bumble bees, butterflies and other insects is quickly built and can be placed on any balcony. Insects need water to drink and also to build nests. Since insects cannot swim, they need a flat access to the water and exit possibilities: A flat bowl filled with stones is the ideal insect bar and also looks pretty. (Attention: Place as calm as possible!)
Many more tips about animals and everything about the work of the foundation can be found at www.susyutzinger.ch.
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