Wild Gardens

I love our great British wildlife. From a very young age I have been fascinated in nature and all manner of creatures that live in our wild spaces. Sadly, our wildlife needs our help.  And there are many ways we can help our wonderful creatures survive and flourish, and it comes down to two key things. Food and shelter.  Here are a few ideas for you to help you encourage wildlife into your garden.

Plant trees

Small or large. These wonderful towers of life provide shelter and food for hundreds of mammals, birds and insects. From the blossoms in the spring to the fruits in autumn, wildlife rely and these organic towering supermarkets for everything they need to survive, shelter, food and breeding ground.

Water

You will be amazed at how much a water pool, small or large, can attract wildlife. From a simple source of water to quench thirst, to a breeding and feeding ground for amphibians and insects. All you need is a preformed pond liner and some oxygenating plants to get things started. You can even make a small pool using a half barrel with some oxygenating plants and reeds in. No special equipment needed!

Bug hotel

Now you can go to a garden centre and buy a ready made bug hotel, or you can simply pile up some logs, or some broken pottery in a shady sheltered part of the garden. Bugs will find it and will shelter quite happily in there over the winter months.

Compost heaps

A great place for bugs and insects as well as slow worms and toads. You can buy a composter easily enough, or you can build yourself one with some old pallets. Make sure it is positioned in a shady part of the garden, it has air holes for circulation and that it has some kind of lid to keep in the heat.

Leave it wild

Perhaps you have a space in your garden that isn’t used much. Well you can just let it go wild. Weeds and wild flowers are so important for our pollinators. So if you can let a small patch go wild, then nature will thank you.

Share your nature projects

I have included on this page some wildlife images form my own garden. Please take some pictures of your garden  wildlife and projects and post them on my Facebook page. I would love to see them!