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Tips for a Wildlife Garden
Friday, 13 Sep 2013 2:38 pm
Your garden is teeming with wildlife (and not just the kids and next door’s cat!) Hidden from view are a multitude of the tiniest creatures vital to the health and functioning of your garden.

Birds and butterflies add grace and movement; bees, flies and bugs pollinate flowers, recycle nutrients and feed larger creatures. Follow our tips to help share your garden with essential wildlife.

The more wildlife you encourage and support the more interest and enjoyment you'll get from your garden.
 

  Flowers
Wildlife garden

Flowers provide food in the form of pollen and nectar for bees and many other insects. It’s not just wild flowers; many garden plants are good for wildlife. These include aubrietia and flowering currants in spring; buddleia, lavender and thyme in summer; and sedum, Michaelmas daisy and hebes in the autumn.
 
Use trees and shrubs to form a mixed hedge
Wildlife garden

Trees and shrubs shelter and feed wildlife, good trees for blossom and berries include rowan, crab apple and hawthorn. Ivy gives shelter to nesting birds, plus autumn flowers for nectar, and winter berries for birds and small mammals.
 
Care for mature trees
Wildlife garden

Trees look after the wildlife, old trees are vital for wildlife. If your garden is too small for big trees, try to get some planted in the neighbourhood and do what you can protect or care for any that are already there.
 
Create a pond
Wildlife garden

Create a pond or even use an upturned bin lid or a sunken washing bowl filled with water. Make sure it has one sloping side to allow creatures an easy way out, and add lots of plants. Water is essential to all wildlife!
 
Leave dead wood in a shady spot
Wildlife garden

Any old dead and rotting wood will do, but big logs are best and provide a home for anything from beetles to mini-beasts.
 
Build a compost heap
Wildlife garden

Compost makes for healthy soil, which is good for everything living on it and growing in it. Compost heaps also shelter many useful creatures, like slow worms that eat slugs.
 
Provide food and water for birds all year
Wildlife garden

Providing a mix of food such as seeds, scraps and fat balls, plus natural food such as berries and seed-heads, will attract a wide range of birds.
 
Be Lazy
Wildlife garden

Don’t be too tidy; leave some areas untouched, especially during spring. Piles of leaves and debris in a hedge bottom, or quiet corner, will shelter frogs, mice and hedgehogs. Seeds in dead flower heads are a valuable food.
 
Garden in a sustainable way
Wildlife garden

Protect wildlife and the environment. Use fewer chemicals, no peat, choose wood from sustainable sources, recycle all you can and save water. For any project you undertake check the wood is from well-managed forests and does not contribute to the destruction of tropical rain forests.
 
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