Wildlife in the garden

Wildlife in the garden – garden habitats

Did you know that even the most manicured of lawns is a welcome habitat for some creatures. But what if you wanted to attract even more wildlife to your garden? What kind of spaces do you have to create in order to encourage creatures to feed, rest and reproduce in your garden? What habitats do you already have that you can make even more appealing for new beasts and birds? The size of space that you have is obviously the limiting factor to what you can create, but even the smallest of spaces can make someone very happy. Let’s look at a couple of options that are very easy to erect or create.

Most gardens have a lawn, but fear not, you don’t have to let it all go in order to create a mecca for small beings. You can keep your lovely well-maintained space, consider letting just one small section grow up a bit in order provide food and shelter to certain animals. Maybe you could create a wild flower meadow instead by haphazardly throwing around seed bombs or if you have green fingers you could cultivate your own wild flowers from seeds in pots and then plant them out. Either way, remember to never use chemicals on wild flowers as the animals you are trying to encourage to frequent your new meadow could be harmed.

Have you thought about hanging nesting boxes? By providing a safe place for birds to reproduce you will be increasing the number of visitors to your garden. By following a few simple hanging guidelines you will be able to enjoy these feathery beings throughout the spring (and winter if you’re lucky). Make sure you site your nesting box in a suitable location, somewhere out of the sun and protected from inclement weather. You will want it off the ground and away from predators. You want to be able to access it easily in order to turn it around at the end of the summer ready for a new occupant the following spring. Also, your new feathered friends will appreciate being fed throughout the year, especially in winter when their natural food sources are scarce. If you don’t have specific species feed, scraps from the kitchen will suffice. Make friends with stale bread, biscuit crumbs and bacon rind. Just be sure to place all treats out of the reach of unwanted visitors, in particular rats and squirrels.