Britain's wildlife is struggling but the good news is that you can help! No matter how big your space, you can create a wildlife garden to welcome creatures of all shapes and sizes. Think wildlife gardening is hard? Not so! All you need is a few easy tips to create an inviting environment for birds, insects, frogs, hedgehogs and more.
By attracting different kinds of wildlife to your garden, you are helping to ensure the survival of our ecological system – vital to our own survival. But in case you need further convincing, these wildlife gardening tips are also a great way to perk up your patch of green and marvel at the many creatures that live there. From buzzing bees to curious hedgehogs to creepy crawlies, welcome our nation's amazing wildlife into your garden and you'll be amazed at how it will bring your space to life.
Build log piles
Hedgehogs are adorable creatures but sadly their numbers are in decline all over Britain. Encourage hedgehogs to move around, hibernate and even breed in your garden by building a log pile. To make, simply collect any dead wood you can find and pile it up in a corner of your garden. That's it!
Pile up leaves
Leave a pile of damp leaves in a shady and undisturbed part of your garden. As the leaves decay, frogs, toads and slug-eating centipedes might take up residence there.
Build a pond
Even a little bit of water (like a deep puddle) will encourage all kinds of wildlife to visit your garden. Dragonflies, frogs, and newts are just some of the visitors you can expect. Make sure the edges of the pond are quite shallow though to keep big fish out!
Create a birdhouse
Entice birds into your garden with a birdhouse or hang some bird feeders. These friendly fliers will enjoy having someplace to build a nest and food to eat, while you get to enjoy them and their beautiful song. It's a win-win!
Make a hole in the fence
If you have a fence, consider making a small hole in it to let hedgehogs and frogs into your outdoor space. Worried about foxes and badgers? Make the hole about the size of a CD case.
Did you know that the number of bees in the UK is declining at an alarming rate? That's bad news for everybody since many crops rely on bees for pollination. To help save them, plant some bee-friendly wildflowers in your garden for them to feed on.
Let your grass grow
Good news for everyone who hates mowing the lawn! Letting grass grow longer (20 – 30 centimetres or so) will provide shelter for so many creatures, like grasshoppers, caterpillars, shrews and mice, plus produce seeds for birds to munch on. If you like the look of a tidy lawn, think about leaving a corner or just the edges a little longer.
Grow a hedge
Hedges are great for providing nesting areas for birds and small animals. They also help boost insect population and shelter the garden. Not to mention, they look lovely.
Plant a tree
Trees help attract creatures such as birds, bats, squirrels and insects. Plus they provide a lovely shady spot for you to sit down with a great book. Just make sure you plant a tree that's native to your area.
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