Wildlife gardening

Wildlife gardening Wildlife gardening

Attracting wildlife into your garden is easy and endlessly rewarding. There are lots of small changes and choices you can make to increase the variety of creatures that nest, rest or feed around your home. Whether you have a small yard or a garden the size of a field, you can bring it alive; fill it with greenery, birdsong and the hum of bees.

A few tips from expert wildlife gardener Jenny Steel

Any garden can be a haven for wildlife if you provide the essentials of food, water and shelter.

Food
Make your garden attractive to insects. Beautiful and interesting in themselves, they also provide food for birds, frogs and voles. Grow plants that feed wildlife. Pollen and nectar are needed by bees and a host of other insects and berried bushes help birds through the winter.

Water
Even the tiniest pond will help wildlife. Make the biggest you have space for to bring dragonflies, frogs and newts into your garden and give the birds somewhere to drink and bathe.

Shelter
Thick hedges or shrubs are great for nesting birds. A pile of logs will give beetles a place to hide and densely planted flower beds or pots make good sheltering places for small creatures.
 

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