Give the gift of water and help animals

 

 

Temperatures are set to soar in the UK, so they tell us, so this is a good time to think about how we can help animals have access to water to drink.  Wildlife have to find water to drink;  our pets are dependent on us to provide them with daily fresh water - and farm animals need it as well.  Too many animals suffer or die because of a lack of water or no water.   Here are three ways you can help animals by simple actions

 

Give a Charity Water Gift

Charities such as The Brooke and SPANA are working to ensure that hard-working animals such as horses, donkeys, mules and camels have access to water to drink.  Many of these animals are in countries where temperatures are over 40%;  they often work for 12 hours a day with little or no shade, or rest, carrying loads which are well over the weight they should be.

One of the great things about both The Brooke and SPANA is that as well as helping owners with veterinary care as needed, they educate them in how to care for their animals to prevent problems occuring in future.

You can help support the work both The Brooke and SPANA do by supporting their efforts to get water to these animals.  The Brooke has a water trough which is mobile or water trough which is permanent that you could buy as a gift for a horse or donkey loving friend or relative.  There's also a cheaper portable water trough.  Either way, you will be helping animals. 

You could also help animals in Morocco, where a gift through SPANA's online shop can give a hard-working horse a drink.  A gift of £12 can help fill a trough for a week.   
If you haven't got a lot of space in your garden, you could treat the birds to a water feeder like this one - it takes up very little room

Give wildlife access to water

If you haven't got a lot of space in your garden, you could treat the birds to a water feeder from Garden Bird - it takes up very little room.   

We have had a lot of pleasure from watching the birds taking water from our bird baths.  It's a great way to see who is visiting the garden - robins, blackbirds, sparrows, swifts in our case - and it's lovely to see them swoop down, take a drink and and a look round.  Remember to top the bird baths up and clean them regularly.   The RSPB has simple, helpful information on how to create a bird bath.

You can also get bird baths like this which go on the floor

You can also get something decorative which is nice for the garden and great for the birds - this is from Garden Wildlife Direct

Create a pond

Another thing you can do if you have the space for it is to create a pond to support wildlife. The number of ponds plummeted a fews ago, and there have been some considerable efforts to encourage people to create ponds in their gardens.  

 

You can also get something decorative which is nice for the garden and great for the birds

Reduce your use of plastic and wet wipes

Think about what you use and where it is going to end up.   Our oceans are swimming with plastic - which all too often ends up in the digestive systems of animals living there.  The more we can help clean up our planet, our seas and beachers, the better quality water our animals will have to live in.   The Marine Conservation Society has lots of advice on how you can help