Nature and Wildlife

Making a home for wildlife in your garden...

Conservation starts at home! Much of our native wildlife is in decline, from a reduction of natural habitats to global warming. However there are some things we can all do to create a home for wildlife in our gardens.

 

Hawthorn TreePlant a tree...

There are many native species to the UK which are great for birds and bees! These trees produce food for birds, such as berries and catkins, food for bees in the form of pollen from their blossom, but are also a home for bees, birds and insects alike! Trees are also essential in the fight against climate change. They lock in carbon, reducing it from the atmosphere. They also prevent flooding, reduce city temperature, reduce pollution and keep the soil nutrient rich!

 

Wildflowers

Plant wildflowers...

All kinds of insects benefit from wildflowers, including bees and caterpillars/butterflies. Wildflower patches are low maintainance, look beautiful and will come back year after year. You can make a lawn from them or if your short on space try just a bed or a plant pot. Some of our butterflies and moths only live off one type of native wildflower. This makes them very vulnerable to extinction. If we can make as many areas as possible wildflowers then this will dramatically increase their chances of survival.

 

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Create access to your garden...

Not all wildlife fly so they need some assistance getting in and out of your garden. The pictures above are a variety of hedgehog holes! Perhaps consider planting a hedge instead of a fence where possible - not only allowing wildlife to travel but birds and insects love hedgerows! You can also create feeding stations for hedgehogs as well as housing for them to sleep in. Click here for how to build a feeding station. Please do your research about whats safe for hedgehogs to eat - some companies sell specific hedgehog food but not all of them are safe for hedgehogs to consume. Never buy any that contain mealworms - these cause a bone disease that is life threatening to hogs! If in doubt find a Facebook page for hedgehog lovers and ask their advice.

 

pondCreate a pond...

Ponds provide a home to frogs, newts and insects. They also are an essential water point for birds, hedgehogs, foxes and many other animals that may visit.

A pond doesn’t have to be big, even a small area makes a difference to wildlife. Its important to have a slope with rocks so that wildlife can get in and out easily. You can also add a ramp to help with access.

 

Put up a bird feeder...bird feeder

This is a lovely way to attract birds into the garden and help supplement their natural diets by providing them with food. With a variety of bird feeders and food available, do some research about the birds in your area and what are the best feeders and feed for them. Just remember to clean your bird feeder correctly - an unwashed feeder can cause disease. Click here for more info on cleaning, placement and what to feed birds. Its best to buy a feeder that comes apart into as many smaller pieces as possible for maximum cleaning capabilities.