Cherokee resident John Power is doing his bit to provide a place of sanctuary for animals in the heat by filling birdbaths with water – and he’s urging others to do the same.

“The recent wildfires throughout southeastern Australia have had tragic impacts on people and wildlife,” Mr Power said.

“While the Macedon Ranges and its environs escaped devastation during these latest fires, our region’s sensitive natural habitats are still subject to chronic rising temperatures and declining rainfall, posing threats to long-established wildlife populations.”

Mr Power set up a 10-litre birdbath at his property three years ago and noticed about three to six litres of water was being consumed each day.

Not knowing what animals were visiting the birdbath, he set up a hidden camera earlier this
month which captured a high level of animal activity.

“Birds used the birdbath at all times of the day, and there were even several night-time
visits by a parrot and bassian thrush,” Mr Power said.

“Wombats tended to take to the water soon after nightfall, between 9-10pm, and again between midnight and 2am.

“An echidna visited the birdbath and actually climbed into it. An echidna also had a night-time swim on one occasion.

“Most animals visited the birdbath briefly, spending a few minutes drinking before heading off. The photos also provided evidence that pest animals were not benefiting from the birdbath. There were no fox visits … nor were there any visits by deer.

“I can only urge residents to fill their birdbaths on hot days. You might be saving dozens of lives.“