Wildlife not only makes the garden feel alive but also helps keep it beautiful. Making your garden a haven for wildlife doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a bit of consideration, your garden can attract a variety of birds, bugs, hedgehogs and bees and become the perfect habitat for them.
Here’s some top tips:
- Choose the right flowers & plants
Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and manyother insects that perform the important task of fertilisation. Planting roses, honeysuckle or clematis against walls or fences will make ideal nesting habitats. Hardy salvia, redbeckia, lavender and nepeta are all good examples of pollen and nectar-rich plants and will help to encourage bees.
- Create a water feature or pond
The single easiest way to add wildlife benefits to a garden is to install a pond if you have space. Alternatively, consider a small water feature to attract different creatures. The use of plants like water lilies and broad leaf pond weeds can help to create your underwater habitat.
- Put up nesting boxes
You can provide new places for birds to nest by putting up nest boxes. They will encourage birds to breed in your garden. Ideally put the bird box up in autumn, which will allow the birds time to become familiar with them in time for the nesting season the following spring.
- Hang a bird feeder
Hang a bird feeder filled with unsalted peanuts. You can get squirrel-proof bird feeders to ensure the squirrels don’t steal all the food! Fat balls and seed mixes are ideal for attracting a range of bird species.
- Don’t clear up all the garden mess!
Piles of leaves and twiggy debris provide both food and habitat for many species. Piles of stones can also make good habitat, particularly for hibernating reptiles and amphibians.
- Grow a hedge
Hedges provide additional nesting areas for birds and small animals. Suitable hedge plants include blackthorn, buckthorn, cherry plum, elder, hawthorn, hazel and privet.
Good luck and enjoy the wildlife in your garden from your window!