Tuesday, May 22, 2018

31 Jan

Create a Wildlife Friendly Garden!

These bedding plants are great for attracting wildlife to the garden.

These bedding plants are great for attracting wildlife to the garden.

Gardens are vital for the UK’s wildlife survival. You can make a significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife, even if you garden is a little on the small side!

There are plenty of trips and tricks in creating a wildlife friendly garden, the most important things to consider are colour and scent. Don’t worry- you won’t have to let weeds and nettles grow wild, start by identifying which plants are wildlife friendly and plant them for the next gardening season. Try to choose plants that flower at different times to ensure pollen and nectar are available over a longer period.

We recommend something nectar- rich and colourful for your beds and borders. Chrysanthemums, Echinacea and Buddleia are perfect if you are aiming to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

If you have bare walls or fences, start to grow honeysuckle or other climbing plants. These climbing plants will make nesting sites for birds and a refuge for insects. If you have a large lawn, try and keep a long section of grass, this provides an excellent habitat for beetles and insects, which in turn feeds the butterflies and caterpillars. You can always give your lawn a natural look and add some colour by planting meadow flowers.

Add some height and interest with beautiful buddleia.

Herbs are great for attracting a variety of insects in the garden, such as day-flying moths and hoverflies. Try planting fennel, chives, thyme and rosemary.

Create a pond in your garden, with or without fish you are guaranteed to attract lots of water- loving wildlife. Ponds are the perfect breeding ground for amphibians and dragonflies. If a pond isn’t practical in your garden a simple bird bath will provide a place for animals to wash and drink.
Use your kitchen scraps to create compost. Compost is brilliant for your garden and local wildlife, compost will become home to invertebrates and other animals, and is a rich feeding ground for birds and beetles.

Many of you would have joined in with the Big Garden Birdwatch last weekend, so why not try and get involved with The Big Garden Wildlife scheme. You can register for free, create an online garden diary and share your ideas with other like-minded gardeners.

Click here for more information on how you can turn your garden into a haven for local wildlife.

http://www.bwg.naturalengland.org.uk/


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