Wouldn’t it be nice if when we looked out in to the garden we saw all sorts of creatures and animals, from birds to bees, to hedgehogs and maybe even lizards! By attracting life in to our garden we are not only supporting, local wildlife but also making the idea of our garden a buzzing scene of wildlife possible.
Creatures only want three things – something to eat, a nice comfy home and a place they can feel safe. If you leave just one part of your garden undisturbed it will encourage animals to come and make their homes there. And remember small creatures like slugs and snails are just as important to the food chain as big ones so stop using all those nasty insecticides and slug pellets to stop them coming in your garden because not only do they poison the small creatures but the big ones too who like to eat them!
Adding a bit of colour to your garden is easy - why not try planting some sweetly scented sunshine loving flowers like Hollyhocks that will attract lots of beautiful Butterflies. As for bees they aren’t fussy they love to spend the day enjoying all sorts of different flowers but especially purple, white and yellow ones! So get planting!
When it comes to attracting birds there is a little more work involved but it will be worth it when you see your furry friends hopping around the garden. Leave some food out for birds, but make sure it’s left somewhere safe from cats! Put out a wide variety of food as birds don’t all eat the same things.
Fatty foods like seed cakes, peanuts and cheese will go down well and some birds even like to get a bit of protein so you could leave out some meal worms and maggots too. Don’t forget it’s also a good idea to have a bird bath so that the birds can have a little drink after they have eaten and maybe even a bath.
If you’re feeling really ambitious why not try attracting some other interesting beasties like frogs, toads and small reptiles. A pond is the best way to encourage toads and frogs and the great thing is they don’t have to be huge. If you have an old sink why not dig it in to the ground and voila a pond!
If you follow our tips to attracting wildlife it won’t be long before your garden is bursting with life which is great for local wildlife- so what are you waiting for?!
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