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Attracting wildlife to your garden

Why have a wildlife-friendly garden?

A garden teeming with life is endlessly fascinating. You can never tire of watching our fellow garden residents – birds, hedgehogs and insects. We can spend countless hours studying and understanding what they do. And remember, for every creature you see, a million others are playing a vital role in the web of life that is your garden.

We can appreciate how useful many of these creatures are to us. Birds, beetles, toads and hoverflies help control what we call pests – the slugs, aphids and cutworms that disfigure or kill our precious plants.

Creating a wildlife-friendly garden

If we want to have a healthy, wildlife-friendly garden, we need to provide conditions that will attract beneficial creatures:

• Our soil should be rich with tiny creatures and organisms. We achieve this by keeping cultivation to a minimum and feeding it with home made compost and other organic matter.
• We should make compost. The compost heap or bin is the richest source of biodiversity in any garden.
• We should provide shelter and nesting places for birds.
• There should be tangly growth that acts as shelter for insects and beetles.
• We should grow flowers that provide nectar to attract beneficial insects.
• Ideally, we should have a pond for frogs, toads and insects. A pond also provides water for birds.
• We can make hibernation shelters with a pile of rotting logs.

And, of course, we never use pesticides or herbicides as they are designed to kill wildlife.

A lot of small gardens put together make one big habitat – your garden is not alone!

Read Dave’s articles to find out how to attract wildlife to the garden
and make it buzz with life.

Bumblebees as early pollinators
Shelters for birds
Squirrels and foxes in the garden
Why feed the birds
A wildflower lawn