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.
Connect your garden
13x13cm gaps in or under your fence, walls or gates will also hedgehogs to move between gardens.
Create a pond
Even small ones are important watering holes and feeding areas for wildlife.
Plant native trees in your garden
Such as hawthorn, hazel, crab apple or rowan.
Create leaf and log piles and compost heaps
All of these offer food and shelter for wildlife.
Go chemical free!
Avoid using weed killers, slug pellets and other garden pesticides which poison pets and mean there is less food for wildlife.
Avoid paving or tarmacking over your garden
Using permeable surfaces such as gravel will reduce surface water runoff and flooding.
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.
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.
Have you just moved house?
Before clearing plants and trees, wait and watch to see what already lives and grows in your garden.
Why not take a look at how others are growing nature.