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I'm sure this question has been asked before, i have searched but can't find an answer, do bird droppings damage plants? i don't mean by changing the soil composistion or ph i mean do droppings on leaves, stems, flowerheads damage the actual part of the plant where the droppings have landed?




  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Not really. They're no problem on stems unless you get a large build-up, although leaves will obviously be weighed down. They do a great job of feeding plants if they land on the ground - my greenest grass is around my bird table.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I would say the biggest problem is flower buds, I have found several flower buds failed to open when I did not remove the bird droppings promptly.

  • Percy-GrowerPercy-Grower Posts: 253

    Thanks Alina & Kate

    I might just be worrying about nothing, but since we have re-built the garden we have attracted a lot of wildlife, birds included, and i have noticed a lot of there droppings on the plants, we want to put in a feeding station, in a location that enables us to enjoy viewing the birds but also keeps them away from predators (neighbours cats) we have an ideal location, only worry is below the feeding platform is two Montana's, which will hopefully grow up around the feeding platform it is also in close proximity to the pond. Guess i'll just have to monitor the situation, for once it's an advantage i live in Scotland as it rains most days, that should wash the droppings of the plants.. image

    Thanks again


  • ascott58ascott58 Posts: 1

    I made a large pot into a water feature with a dwarf water-lily and water iris. But birds keep pooping in to it. Will this damage the pond plants in anyway?imageimage


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