These tips will attract more wildlife to your garden this summer

18th June 2019

It’s so easy to transform your garden into a wildlife haven in time for summer. Wildlife will thrive in your garden if you provide food, water and shelter. That is why we have put together these top tips for you to follow so that you can create a wonderful wildlife world in your back garden.

Feed the birds

It is very likely that you will get a plethora of birds visiting your garden if you put out a bird feeder. The feeder does not have to be expensive, however, you will attract a wider species variety of birds if you put out different types of bird food. A bird feeder or hanger will give you wonderful views of natural bird feeding behaviours. Our winged friends will also be glad of the extra nutrients to complement their natural diet, especially in bad weather conditions.

Build or develop an existing pond

By building a pond, you are providing a thriving habitat for many members of the wildlife world. Planting aquatic plants will make your pond attractive to wild ducks, frogs, dragonflies and many more species. Aquatic plants also provide shelter from predators and habitats for wildlife. Ensure that the edges of the pond are gradual so that any ducks or other animals have an easy entrance and
exit.

Make your garden hedgehog friendly

As hedgehog numbers are lower than ever in the UK, it is so important to make small changes in your garden to encourage our spiky friends to visit us and stay healthy. In order to attract wild hedgehogs, you will need to ensure that they have access to your garden. Hedgehogs will usually enter through the bushes. However, if you have a fence, you will need to cut a small hole in it in order for hedgehogs to access your garden. Hedgehogs are likely to visit your garden every evening if you put fresh food and water out for them. They will soon learn that your garden consistently provides a tasty food source, and will remain loyal visitors.

Plant hedges

Hedges are a great addition to your garden. They can encourage many insects, birds and mammals to visit. Hedges which grow berries are very attractive to wildlife and so will encourage a range of friendly visitors.

Think bee friendly

With the number of bees in the UK in decline, you can do your bit to help prevent extinction by making your garden bee friendly. As most of you know, bees need pollen for the vital task of fertilisation. You can help by choosing plants for your garden which provide nectar and pollen for as long a season as possible.