This week is Garden Wildlife Week!
You don't have to own a large garden to accommodate different types of wildlife. There are over 20 million gardens in the UK, even a small space can be made into a home for insects, birds or even hedgehogs. We have put together a few simple ideas:
- Use plants that attract butterflies, bees and other insects. Not forgetting the ones that visit when it is dark, some flowers are scented at night which will attract moths also benefiting bats.
- Leave a quiet corner undisturbed & make piles of small twigs and branches for creatures to find shelter in (see the link at the bottom of this page for a 'build your own bug hotel' guide). Leave an area of lawn to grow and sow with wildflowers.
- Feeders are a great way to see all sorts of birds close up. In hot dry weather, leave some fresh water out keeping it topped regularly, they enjoy a bath too!
- Put up nest boxes for birds and bats and assemble bee hotels. A Hedgehog house provides a safe place for them to overwinter and they will eat some garden pests.
- Small ponds will attract Frogs, Toads, Newts and Dragonflies. Aquatic and marginal plants also attract more insects.
Follow this link for a step by step guide on how to build a bug hotel > https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/
We would love to hear about what you are doing to encourage wildlife into your garden, share your ideas with us on our social media pages!