Our Top 10 Wildlife Gardening Tips
- Choose plants that flower at different times of year to ensure that pollen & nectar are available over a long period. Pick trees/shrubs with berries.
- Create a water feature in your garden - a pond (without fish), marshy area, bird bath or pebble bubbler.
- Delay cutting back perennials until the spring. The seed heads provide valuable food for creatures through the winter. Stems & foliage provide shelter for hibernating insects.
- Recycle your kitchen and garden waste to create compost for the garden. This gives you free fertiliser & a great home for many beneficial animals.
- Grow up! Climbers provide valuable cover & food, as well as adding extra interest to the garden. Set trellises 10cm from wall or fence to allow room for nests.
- Dead wood is a valuable habitat, supporting a wide range of invertebrates. Dead wood can be used to create a simple wood pile or interesting feature.
- Add bird & bat boxes, build bee & toad abodes & don’t forget to feed the birds.
- Leave part of your lawn a bit longer & see what flowers, or cut it annually. Long grass is excellent for grasshoppers, beetles & amphibians.
- Use mulches to control weeds, select disease resistant varieties of plants & always use cultural or biological control methods to combat pests. Aim for a natural balance
- Use peat free products – there are lots available.