bird house, bath and feeder + squirrels

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Hello

So, I am not good with anything diy but after the loss of my cat in February 2021, I found that keeping busy helps with the deep depression that I was already suffering a bit better I put together an outdoor preparation/cooking area for my bbq. Then my second cat died in October 2021 and having 3 cats left and being put on max anti depressants, I decided that I will try and do more diy work, but I am lacking many tools or the skill to use them.

So, I built a circular saw guide, using L shape aluminium 2.4m lengths and a bit of MDF and now I can cut straight lines.

I brought a mitre saw (non sliding - for safety) replacement drill and screw bits that were broken from a set of my mums and with her experience, I have built a couple of things that seem to turn out okay. Even though it takes me months to do one job (I am disabled autistic, and I tend to start many jobs but realise pain and damaged body won’t let me do much, so I go to next job after a few days recovery)

I am just finishing building a keepsake box for my niece and hope she likes it and keeps it forever. I will try and send pictures later of every I have done on a different post.


Other than that as a problem building stuff is also money, the ability to get out and get parts, not alone wood.

But here is what I plan to make for my sister as she brought her first house last year.

An in ground bird house that will have enough space for at least 2 bird/squirrel feeding areas, a comfy home for a few birds and somewhere I can put a bowl for birds to drink or bath. No idea where I will get that bowl.

It needs to be ready by 9th September, and suitable for birds and wildlife that can be found here in the south England (Solent area). I don’t know anything about wildlife. So I don’t know what type of thing I need to design and build.

Can anyone help advise me on everything… from design to wildlife around the area?
 
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'In ground' bird house? I think that any bird table or bird bath should be well off the ground for obvious reasons!
I have a bird table and a metal support for hanging bird feeders, both over 5' above ground.
 
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Sorry I mean the post would be in ground, so not free standing
 
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Sorry I mean the post would be in ground, so not free standing
I think I can see the advantage of that, assuming that you want to anchor it firmly against strong winds, for example.
My bird table stands on the ground, but seems to be pretty stable.
 
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Yeah, my sister (and we do) live on the south coast, where by our house we had some of the strongest winds this year (110+ miles per hour) the part that spins so I can measure the speeds broke off… my sister only lives a couple miles from the needles (found on the isle of white) and that got 122miles per hour I think.

This is the only reason why I thought by putting it in the ground.
 

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Yeah, my sister (and we do) live on the south coast, where by our house we had some of the strongest winds this year (110+ miles per hour) the part that spins so I can measure the speeds broke off… my sister only lives a couple miles from the needles (found on the isle of white) and that got 122miles per hour I think.
Nay lad! Ya should come up here to God's County. You'll see some REAL weather up here!
The wind blew our house down the other day and I had to put it back up myself. (OK, it was made of straw, but nevertheless...)
 
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Nay lad! Ya should come up here to God's County. You'll see some REAL weather up here!
The wind blew our house down the other day and I had to put it back up myself. (OK, it was made of straw, but nevertheless...)


Okay, just had a panic attack… a house of straw being blown down by a dog ancestor… if you know what I mean… I have nightmares and extremely bad feeling etc regarding this animal…
 

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