Wherever you are in the country, animals and birds will flock to your garden if you make your garden wildlife friendly. Take a look at these easy hints and tips to help you make a home for wildlife.
Feed the Birds
Bird species in Britain really benefit from a helping hand throughout the year, not just in winter. Keep unfrozen water and food out all year and put in a little bird box – the ones at Cox & Cox are particularly pretty – and watch the species make regular visits to your garden. Try your utmost to make sure feeding areas are out of access to local cats. What can you feed birds? Well, a mix of food types is best, allow us to elaborate:
- Nuts of all kinds
- Seed mixes
- Sunflower hearts
- Kitchen scraps
- Cooking fat
Get the Bugs In
The best way to attract bees and help their worryingly dwindling population survive is to plant flowers, trees and shrubs that they can feed from. What are the best types?
- Buddleia – this attracts butterflies too and has lovely purple fronds. It grows big too.
- Lavender – also purple, this fragrant flower is attractive to bees and you can use it in baking and home fragrance too.
- Herbs – plant hardy herbs like sage, thyme, fennel and mint. The bees will love it and so will your cooking.
Wildlife-Friendly Garden Maintenance
There are ways of maintain your garden to be friendly to wildlife. Tend to your trees and keep a wide range of trees and shrubs including fruit trees. Trees and larger shrubs provide vital habitat for nesting birds and cover for animals.
Keeping a compost heap is a really good idea, not only from an environmental and food-waste perspective, but from a wildlife one too. You can also use compost to put nutrients back into your soil which is free and easy to keep up. It provides habitat for slug-eating slowworms, insects and earthworms.
Having certain features in your garden will really help to attract all kinds of wildlife and provide shelter for small mammals like hedgehogs. Having a rock garden, for instance, can support all sorts of special plants and animal life such as mason bees. Even shallow ponds support aquatic life such as amphibians like frogs, toads and newts, as well as insect life and fish if you choose to add them. Ponds are also a great environment for certain plants like reeds and algae.
With minimal effort, you can transform your garden into a paradise for animal life. It’s that simple.