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how to build a bird table

When building a home for your wildlife friends, always make sure that the wood you use is UNTREATED. Most wood treatments are poisonous to animals and will result in a very unpleasant death! bird table illustration

This bird table is suitable for a permanent fixture in your garden, hopefully encouraging many birds for you to enjoy!

Materials needed:

Sheet of external ply wood

Length of untreated timber dimensions as shown below

Screws to fix the table together

Pole or fence post to mount the table on

Instructions:

Cut three sections of ply wood to the dimensions shown below - these will be for the base and the roof.

Cut the length of untreated timber as shown on the diagram below. These will be for the rim around the base of the table, the uprights to support the roof. The last piece will be used to join the roof sections together.

Make sure that all the pieces of wood are sanded around the edges with a fine grade sandpaper.

bird table illustration

Fix the rim pieces to the base by screwing in from underneath. A gap should be left on one side to aid cleaning of the table once in use.

Fix the uprights as shown below, again by screwing in from underneath.

bird table illustration

Join the roof panels at a 90 angle using the 350 mm length of timber as a support.

Hammer the pole or fence post into the ground approximately 18 inches down.

Attach the base of the table to the post with a round headed screw before attaching the roof.

Attach the roof to the uprights.

Position your table within view of your window. Make sure that it is not too close to any fence or tree where a cat may be able to launch from. There must also be a clear flight path for the birds to surrounding trees or shrubs.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PUT OUT FRESH WATER DAILY, ESPECIALLY DURING ICY WEATHER AS IT MAY FREEZE OVER.

bird table plans

Illustrations A. Kerrison 2004

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