How To Make Your Garden A Wildlife Hub
27th August 2020
Having a garden is such a treat in so many ways, it is a place to play in, to relax in, to take up a hobby in and somewhere to reconnect with wildlife, but how do you make the most of the latter? Here we take a look at how you can make your garden a wildlife hub.
Plant Insect Loving Flowers
Your first steps in creating a wildlife hub will be to attract insects into your garden. Not only will these work their magic by aiding pollination, they will also help to create a tiny infrastructure leading to more insects that will work in harmony together. On top of this, they will also provide food for larger animals such as birds and hedgehogs. Taking the time to plant rich flowers such as Lavender, Honeysuckle, Foxgloves, Rosemary and so on will quickly see bees returning to your garden. The addition of wildflowers will bring many more insects as will a selection of seasonal flowers. Use your space wisely too. Plant these flowers in beds, in hanging baskets, in pots, in planters and cover every corner to really make the most of your outdoor space.
Bugs are vital role players in all gardens. Not only do they help to clear unwanted pests but they will also help to remove old debris from trees, plants and bushes. If you have a compost heap, this is a great place to pop any bugs you find. Of course, another way of encouraging the bugs to stay in your garden is by building a bug house. This will ideally be packed full of wood, stones, leaves, fir cones and so on in order to provide them with shelter and protection.
If you want to attract a wider variety of birds into your garden, think about adding either a bird table (cat dependent!) or feeder. You can carefully place these in different areas of your garden i.e. on trees, on a wall, a table on the lawn etc, to encourage more species to venture in.
To enjoy those birds all year round, why not add a birdhouse too? This will allow your favourite birds to set up roost and they will delight you when they have their own brood.
Water is a key factor in making your garden a wildlife hub. All varieties of wildlife will need water from bugs to insects, mammal and birds and by providing this in some way you will be on your way to inviting many more species in. A pond would be the ultimate option as you could also add oxygenating plants, fish, water flowers and you will also be creating an environment that would also attract pond life such as frogs. If a pond is a little too much for you, why not make a water station out of a large plant pot or barrel? Make sure it is watertight, fill the base with stones, add water Irises or Waterlilies as well as a pump to keep oxygen in the water. For more simple yet effective ideas check out the RSPB website here.
Don’t forget that not every area of your garden needs to be tampered with in order to attract wildlife, in fact, leaving wild areas will be also be beneficial. Animals like somewhere to hide, a place of quiet, a place full of rich berries or bugs to eat and a place of shelter. By allowing brambles, wildflowers and weeds to grow naturally in one area you will be creating a wildlife hub without even having to try.
And finally, you need a place to enjoy all of this from so why not convert your garden shed into a bird-watching shelter? You could add climbing plants to help with camouflage and to also attract more insects, you could paint your shed in neutral tone to allow it to blend in and kit it out to give you all you will need throughout the day to be able to sit back and enjoy the nature from a comfortable position.