Gardens are important for wildlife
There’s a wonderful miniature world of creatures in every garden. Lift up a stone, peer under plants and sit a while and watch… you will be amazed at how many creatures there are! You may even spot bigger creatures such as frogs, mice and even hedgehogs!
Every day there are fewer places in the wild for these creatures to live as natural habitats are built on or used for farming or their resources. This means that gardens are important for wildlife to thrive. You can make sure yours provide
How can you make your garden wildlife friendly?
There are lots of ways you can make your garden a safe space for wildlife. Here are some ideas.
Weed & Bug Killer
Weed killer and bug spray kills the plants and insects that you don’t want in your garden. However, they can also kill other plant and animal life in the garden.
Leave a patch of your garden wild to give hedgehogs a place to nest and find food. If you don’t have space for a wild area you can build a simple shelter for hedgehogs
Help the birds by leaving out food for them. Different birds eat different food so leave out a variety of things including seeds, nuts, fat balls and mealworms.
Garden ponds are important for many types of wildlife especially frogs and newts. You can build a pond or even use a container to create a mini pond.
Nest Boxes for Birds
There are fewer suitable places for birds to nest in the wild as their natural habitats are destroyed. For many species this is causing a decline in their numbers. Help them out by putting up nest boxes.
Slugs may be an unwanted garden pest but they are also food for frogs, hedgehogs and birds. The poison in slug pellets could also affect hedgehogs health and even cause them to die.
Mini Beast Hotel
Bug hotel’s provide a safe shelter for all sorts of different mini beasts such as solitary bees, ladybirds and woodlice. Follow our guide to building your own for your own garden mini beasts.
Wildlife gardens are becoming increasing important as natural habitats are being destroyed and native species need to find new homes. It’s easy to get started – follow our guide.