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Shan

For those of you with a Pool

I don't know about you but I dislike finding poor creatures drowned in the pool. Clearly they want to get to the water but then can't get out. I had removed multiple lizards, mice, shrews, frogs and a few birds. I have since installed a 'Frog Log' and since then (maybe coincidence) but the pool has been clear of corpses. I have not seen any frogs or lizards on it but I have noticed the birds land on it and drink water from the pool. It's not cheap but it does work and I'm sure those with time and DIY inclinations could easily make up something similar for their pools if they have the same problem. It's basically a little floating platform with a skirt sitting in the water plus a strip/bridge joining onto a weighted bag. The weighted bag sits on the tiles around the pool with the floating bit in the pool.

It has been in the water for a good many weeks and seems to be very effective.
buzzy

Sounds a brilliant idea! Well done!

Does it reduce the number of invertebrates as well?

Henry
dpack

on a smaller scale a twig in each slug trap reduces bycatch to almost nowt
Shan

Sounds a brilliant idea! Well done!

Does it reduce the number of invertebrates as well?

Henry


Well, the wasps still seem to dive bomb the pool and drown quite quickly but we don't seem to have very many beetles, dragonflies, etc drowning.... perhaps they are better at holding their breath... Wink
Mistress Rose

We have a bucket of water up in the woods for birds and animals to drink from. Saw a squirrel one day, but mainly birds and insects. We have put a lump of wood in there so that anything that falls in can at least climb onto that and survive, even if we then have to help it out. Insects use it and crawl down the edges to get at the wet bits or water. Have seen some beautiful hornets round it as well as wasps and bees.
Shan

I'm not all that keen on wasps but I don't like seeing anything drown.
Mistress Rose

Wasps can be a nuisance later in the year, but they do get rid of a lot of flies early on when they are feeding the young.
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