As we move into autumn, many of our wildlife friends begin to prepare for surviving the harsh winter months. With many of us spending more time at home, it’s never been easier to get into our gardens and give nature a helping hand this autumn. Here are a few ways to help wildlife thrive this autumn:

Go Wild To Help Wildlife

One of the best ways to make your garden wildlife friendly is to leave an area to grow wild. By sowing wildflowers, local plant species, or even just letting the weeds take control, you’ll be providing a great habitat for all kinds of creatures. Having a balance between wild and cultivated land helps to provide much needed habitats and food for many species of birds, insects, and rodents, meaning both you and the local wildlife can enjoy your outdoor space.

Create A Natural Log Habitat

Many of us will be looking to collect firewood this winter and but leaving a patch of logs aside can really help to provide shelter for small animals, insects and amphibians. Keeping this separate from your firewood means that you are less likely to disturb animals who come searching for shelter in your garden and also

Provide Food To Help Wildlife Thrive

At this time of year, many animals are looking to ‘bulk up’ ready for hibernation. Food can be hard for animals to find, especially in urban areas, so why not give your local wildlife a helping hand? Look for specially formulated bird, squirrel, or hedgehog food in your local supermarket or pet store, and help give garden visitors a fighting chance this winter. Using specialist products is a great idea, as it will ensure you’re not feeding anything that can harm local wildlife, too.

Build A Helpful Hedgehog Hole

As humans, we often like our privacy, as many of our outdoor spaces are securely fenced in. This can be tricky for local wildlife to navigate, and can often lead to animals like hedgehogs becoming trapped, or having less space to find food. If it is safe to do so, creating a small hole at the bottom of your garden fence or hedge will enable smaller, ground dwelling creatures to pass through your garden more easily. Be sure to check with your neighbours first!

Introduce Water Into Your Garden

Introducing water to your garden can be a great way to help wildlife over the colder months. Creating and maintaining a pond can be a winter safe haven for many amphibians, as well as for feathered friends. If a pond is not an option, then try creating a bird bath: any wide and shallow container is suitable. Maintain this over the winter months to provide a reliable source of clean freshwater for the local birds and they will surely appreciate it.

So, here are five key ways to help wildlife this autumn:

  • Keep elements of your garden wild to help provide natural materials for wildlife.
  • Keep a small log pile to help provide shelter over the cooler months.
  • Provide suitable fresh food for animals over the winter season.
  • If safe, build a small hole to help foraging animals move freely around your neighbourhood.
  • Provide a reliable source of fresh water for local wildlife.

Looking for more ways to help this autumn? Click here for our guide to Keeping Your Dog Safe In Autumn.

Milly Harrison
Milly Harrison is a postgraduate student, writer, and dog lover from the North-West of England.

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