Create a wildlife haven
GOOD for birds, bees, butterflies and bats
GOOD for your children
GOOD for you
GOOD for the planet
Here’s a tiny selection of plants to attract wildlife
TREES AND HEDGES
Hawthorn, Holly, Rowan, Hazel, Crab Apple,
Ivy, Hop, Wild Honeysuckle, Rambling Rose
Berberis, Hebe, Rosemary, Juniper
Lavender, Echinacea, Hemp-agrimony,
Why do it?
Here’s some good reasons
❦ Wildlife is under threat, including once common creatures.
❦ Their habitat, places to find food and raise young, is disappearing. Gardens can help rebalance this loss.
❦ We need wildlife for pollination of food plants and to keep down pests, indeed our very survival depends on wildlife.
❦ Wildlife gardening is more relaxed, it is good for our well-being and will bring joy and interest to you and your family.
It doesn’t matter how large or small your space is, we can all make a difference.
Here’s some good ideas to start things off:
❦ Put in a pond
❦ Plant a small native tree, bush or even a hedge
❦ Fill the garden with plants, including nectar-rich climbers and bee-friendly flowers
❦ Allow the grass to grow taller in places
❦ Form a logpile or stickpile
❦ Make holes in fences for hedgehogs
❦ Put up bird and bat nesting boxes
❦ Put up insect houses
❦ Put up a birdfeeder
❦ Leave seedheads on over winter
❦ Go chemical-free
❦ Leave some corners less tidy
❦ Get the family involved
❦ Record your wildlife online at iRecord
Relax, observe, enjoy
You deserve it you’ve done something good
Check out these websites for lots of good ideas and advice:
If you would like to get more involved locally in wildlife conservation visit:
Thinking of things further afield
When out and about exploring please be aware of the disturbance that you and your pets can cause to wildlife.
Thanks to Adrian Thomas [Wildlife Gardening Forum] for his advice.