There is something very relaxing about sitting and watching wildlife and there is no better feeling than being able to do this from your own home. It can be so rewarding to see wildlife use your own garden as their own.
Whether you live in the heart of the countryside, or in a busy town centre, there is always things you can do to attract more wildlife to your garden. From butterflies to frogs, hedgehogs to foxes, birds to dragonflies, you can make your garden a safe haven for these animals and encourage them to visit more often.
Install nest boxes
Bird boxes are a great addition to any garden – however small. You can attach them to trees, fences or even the side of your house. It will encourage birds to visit your garden as they will have somewhere to breed and nest. This is especially cute when they hatch and you have chicks living in your garden. You should install the bird box before the springtime and make sure they are in a sheltered area.
Plant some trees
If your garden space allows you to, planting trees is a fantastic way to encourage more wildlife. A singular tree is great, but the more trees you can plant the better as it will create more of a woodland environment. An added bonus of trees are that they also give your garden some privacy from overlooking neighbours.
Small tree species include:
- Crab apple
- Silver Birch
Grow a hedge
Adding a hedgerow to your garden will encourage birds and small animals like mice, shrews and hedgehogs to visit as it will add shelter to the environment. The best plants to grow a hedgerow from are; blackthorn, buckthorn, cherry plum, elder, hawthorn, hazel and privet. Make sure you prune your hedge during the winter to make sure you’re not going to disturb any nests.
Not only are having areas of wildflowers in your garden beautiful to look at, insects like butterflies and bees absolutely love them.
The best way to begin your area of wildflowers is to leave a patch of lawn uncut, where you can also sprinkle your seeds onto. Plants with an open structured flower are ideal for creating your very own wildflower meadow which include:
- Globe Thistle
Treat the birds
No matter where you live in the country, there will always be birds nearby for you to encourage to visit your garden. There are some things that you can do to be certain more birds will be visiting your garden in no time. Firstly, add a bird bath and bird table. Make sure your bird bath always has fresh water in so that the birds can have a drink and a wash of their feathers. A bird table needs to be kept full of food of varying types, with different kinds of feeders. Make sure you invest in squirrel-proof ones so they don’t steal all the food!
Build a pond
This may only apply to those who are lucky enough to have a sizeable garden, but by introducing a pond you will really increase the likelihood of a whole range of wildlife frequently visiting your garden. A pond allows you to keep fish and frogs as well as attracting beautiful insects like dragonflies. Use plants like water lilies and broadleaf pond weed to develop your underwater habitat.