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My pond is shallow (about a 30cm deep) and about 1.2m diameter. Birds love to bathe in the shallow, cobbled end and I watch blackbirds, sparrows, blue tits and siskins queuing up for their turn every day.
But, and this may sound silly, is it hygienic? If the birds are 'depositing' into the same water they're drinking, are they going to spread diseases to each other?
I have aerating plants and a fountain running which I hope makes it a good environment for beneficial bacteria. The water is clear and well visited by frogs and newts, so I think the quality is ok, but it's clearly not a free flowing stream so is there anything else I need to do to make it safe for birds as well as my amphibian visitors? I encourage lots of wildlife into my garden - I don't want to kill them!