5 Ways To Make A Wildlife Friendly Garden

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BumbleBees on Sunflower
Image Credit: Bumble Bees by Lake Lou

Summer is here and the wildlife of the world is out and about in the warmer weather. Of course, making your garden a haven for all things of nature is something most of us aspire to do. This is especially the case considering that a large proportion of the UK’s wildlife is in trouble.

Amazingly, all of the UK’s gardens cover almost 300,000 hectares – more space than all the National Nature Reserves altogether. So, how do you go about making your garden more nature friendly and encourage wildlife in your garden.

Neatness

Though you may love a neat and tidy garden, it’s not necessarily the best way to encourage wildlife in your garden. Dead leaves, plants and all sorts of other materials create the perfect haven for the world of nature. From the insects that hide among the debris to the likes of the hedgehog who make a nest there, a dead hedge is the perfect place for all sorts of wildlife.

Ponds

Water is a life giving force and in a garden it’s the perfect addition and can provide an enticement for all sorts of life and nature to take residence in your garden. Even the smallest of areas is perfect and will encourage other animals into the garden. Dragon flies and frogs, bats and newts love to live among the damper regions and flourish. One of the reasons for this is that many of the smaller animals that grow in the pond area are the perfect fodder for these larger ones. There are a number of good books out there that will help you to choose the correct plants and fauna to encourage animals into the garden area.

Plants

Garden Flowers
Image Credit: Garden by Lake Lou

One of the reasons animals and most especially insects like bees are finding it tough at the moment is down to the modern plants used in gardens. A lot of plants are double flowers and these do not allow the bees for one, access to the pollen. This ends up being a significant issue for the pollinator. There are a number of plants that really help and can offer easy access to the flowers pollen and so encourage the increase in bees. These flowers should last for longer periods and remain uninterrupted for the better seasons of the year. Some great flowers for this are crocuses, hellebores, snowdrops and asters in the autumn.

Birds

Birds need a place to stay and it’s easy to buy nest boxes suitable for gardens. These can be used to house robins, sparrows and others and just make sure you position them in the best possible place to encourage birds to take them up. Often it takes a few years before birds build in the areas, but when they do it’s very encouraging.

Insects

Insects are a necessity and they are required for pollination and to encourage birds into the garden. Wild life stacks made from wooden pallets and old bricks and bamboo can really encourage these into the garden. Aerator hire can help loosen up the ground and enourages all sorts of animals and thus birds. Avoid using chemicals too as these cause issues for the area too and should be avoided.

These tips should help you to develop nature and wildlife in the garden and make it a haven for all animals.

Image Credit: Garden by Lake Lou
Image Credit: Garden by Lake Lou
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2 thoughts on “5 Ways To Make A Wildlife Friendly Garden

  1. Christine Somers says:

    I had never heard the term “double flower” before so I have to do my research. Thanks for teaching me a new term. I will start looking at my garden differently using your guidelines.
    C

    • Gary Fawcett says:

      Thanks Christine for the feedback, yes you will find that most Hybrid flowers are useless for pollinators and bees.

      The bees can’t get access to the nectar and or pollen, thanks for the comment…Gary

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