Gardening

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Simple changes to your garden can transform them into havens for wildlife

Whether you live in a flat, town house or country cottage, each of us can help nature thrive in the places where we live.  Simple changes to your garden can transform them into havens for wildlife.  By thinking of our gardens as individual pieces of a wider puzzle, we can help boost numbers of native plants and insects at home which, in turn, will sustain more birds, mammals and reptiles in our towns and villages.

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Here are some ways you can help:

 

Leave areas of your garden to go wild

Naturally messy places are vital for food and shelter.

Leave areas of your garden to go wild

Connect your garden

13x13cm gaps in or under your fence, walls or gates will also hedgehogs to move between gardens.

Connect your garden
 
 
 
 

Create a pond

Even small ones are important watering holes and feeding areas for wildlife.

Create a pond

Plant native trees in your garden

Such as hawthorn, hazel, crab apple or rowan.

Plant native trees in your garden
 
 
 
 

Create leaf and log piles and compost heaps

All of these offer food and shelter for wildlife.

Create leaf and log piles and compost heaps

Go chemical free!

Avoid using weed killers, slug pellets and other garden pesticides which poison pets and mean there is less food for wildlife.

Go chemical free!
 
 
 
 

Avoid paving or tarmacking over your garden

Using permeable surfaces such as gravel will reduce surface water runoff and flooding.

Avoid paving or tarmacking over your garden

Plant or retain existing hedges

Do this instead of erecting walls and fences. Plants muffle sound, reduce flooding and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Plant or retain existing hedges
 
 
 
 

Spare the strimmer and minimise mowing

Native plants such as dandelions, brambles and nettles are a vital food source for pollinators, whilst rough grass is used by nesting hedgehogs.

Spare the strimmer and minimise mowing

Have you just moved house?

Before clearing plants and trees, wait and watch to see what already lives and grows in your garden.

Have you just moved house?