Yet another forum taken over by regulars who use it to chat among themselves. So much for caring about birds.
In reply to JansBirds:
Sorry no-one got back to you, at this time of the year a lot people are on holiday and your query is a specific one that a lot probably wouldn't know the answer to.
You may be better emailing someone like the RHS that knows about plants https://www.rhs.org.uk/.
Having a bird bath and water in the garden I've always kept them away from leaves etc falling in to them.
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In reply to Alan.:
I did thoroughly check Google and read the piece you've kindly provided a link to, amongst others, but couldn't get a definitive answer. Have already contacted the RSPB direct and am awaiting a response. I may well try the RHS if they can't help, thanks.
Since cutting the offending branch back and stripping the seed pods from further up the tree on that side I've had no further problems with bits falling into the bird bath and the sparrows are using it a lot and enjoying it. If there was a problem with the water, I think I'd have seen evidence by now.
It was placed near the tree because the aesthetics of garden design demanded it go there! I would certainly move it, though, if it was going to harm the birds, but I am increasingly confident that it won't, now.
A definitive answer would be useful, though.
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