Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden

If you would like to play a part in helping wildlife from your home, why not create a wildlife friendly garden? It doesn’t matter on the size or location of your garden, there are things that you can do in any garden to encourage wildlife to visit it.

The first thing that you can do to encourage wildlife would be a bird table. You really can put a bird table anywhere in any size garden as they take up very little room. Put a selection of food on the bird table, nuts, seeds and balls of fat with seed in them (you can buy these or make your own) always go down well and appeal to all birds (and you may find some visiting squirrels too!) Make sure that you provide water to and also ensure that it is provided all year around as the birds will come to rely on it as a food source particularly in the winter month. It is a real delight to see the birds fluttering around the bird table and you will come to recognise different species and their particular habits. A great way to watch the birds is (space permitting) from garden rooms. Have a look at http://www.gardenspaces.co.uk/garden-rooms/garden-rooms/ to really make the most of watching the wildlife from your garden. You could also add nest boxes to provide homes for the birds to raise their young. Make sure that you place them up high and well out of reach of any neighbourhood cats on the lookout for a meal!

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Another great idea to add a splash of colour as well as a home for wildlife to your garden, is a variety of wild flowers. Larger plants such as trees, attract more wildlife, berries such as blackberry bushes, provide food for many animals, and flowering plants are a good choice to attract bees. Make it as diverse as possible and you will have a great little eco-system going before long.

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If you have room, a pond is an amazing way of attracting wildlife, with the added bonus that you get a beautiful water feature also! Even if small, a pond will play host to frogs, dragonflies and newts, and are a real joy to watch, particularly in the summer months when the dragonflies are flitting through the air in a whizz of colour!

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