Do you have a wonderful outdoor space but would like more wildlife to visit? Have you tried different things but they just don’t work? Let’s look at some top tips for attracting wildlife to your garden.
Plant A Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are beautiful but you need to help them out a little bit. By selecting plants for your garden which will attract and feed them, you’ll have scores of butterflies fluttering around your outside space. There’s nothing quite as cool as butterfly watching with the kids.
Fill your garden or window box with plants that provide pollen and nectar throughout the year. Lavender is perfect for this. Bumblebees and honey bees need our help. So many people are afraid of them but we can give them a helping hand in the summer by keeping an eye out for any that are struggling. Some sugar water will help them on their way. Without bees, the fresh produce we have access to would decline. Bee kind.
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Install A Bat Box
Next up on our list of attracting wildlife to your garden ways, is bats! Bats are suffering from environmental pollution and losing habitats. By installing a bat box you can help them find a nice home outside, which will in turn stop them trying to access a warm spot in your own house. They are great insect predators, pollinators and will spread seeds extremely well.
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Feed The Birds
After Batman, comes Robin and we have to feed the birds. Feeding the birds, especially during the winter months will help them survive the harsh conditions. If you do start, be sure to continue feeding regularly as they can come to depend on your particular food source. You’ll be treated to a great display as they visit your garden frequently for a feed. Use hanging bird feeders, suet fat balls, as well as high quality seed.
Home A Hedgehog
The humble hedgehog is perhaps the hero of the garden. They adore slugs, caterpillars, beetles and more! So give them a home! Check out how to build a hedgehog house on the Wildlife Trusts website. Save the hedgehogs and they will help you out!
Make A Pond
Whilst we wouldn’t advise this if you have young children, a pond can be a great way to attract a diverse range of wildlife to your outdoor space. Ensure there are shallow edges for frogs and that the water is helped with some plants which will keep it clean. Keeping fresh water outside can help wildlife so much.
Using chemicals to treat your plants and get rid of pests will only affect the other wildlife in your garden, as well as the taste of your produce. You can pollute water, kill animals and damage the environment. There are many ways to keep on top of your garden without chemicals.
As you can see there are loads of things you can do to start attracting wildlife to your garden. Some of these activities you can enjoy with the whole family and they lead to other activities such as bird watching and learning about the environment. Have fun watching the wildlife arrive!