12 DECEMBER 1931, Page 16


A happy feeder of hungry birds—and great numbers I% ill soon be in this class—asks me where she can purchase a bird-bath that is quite proof against cats. The best thing to do—if my experience goes for anything—is to get a local craftsman—and all blacksmiths are still craftsmen, rejoicing in such artistic byways—to make an iron stand purposely built to hold any bird-bath that is available. All garden furniture is much better and cheaper than it was, owing largely to the improvement in concrete ; but cats are gymnasts, and perhaps few stone or concrete pillars are high enough to be quite cat-proof. It is best for a bird-bath to have a standing spot in the centre as well as at the edge. The bath appears to attract some species who quite resist the lure of food. One of these—in my experience—is the goldfinch.

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