Wildlife Habitats in Your Garden

There are many simple things you can do in your garden to help wildlife.

Ponds are an obvious choice if you have the space. But even a small container in the corner of a garden can offer a place for small amphibians and aquatic invertebrates to thrive. A pond also increases the choice of interesting plants you can grow. Birds are drawn to ponds for bathing and drinking, especially if there is some moving water from a pump feeding a small stream or cascade.

Dragon and damselflies will swoop by during the summer months laying eggs in the pond and catching smaller insects on the wing.

a natural garden pond full of native plants and wildlife.

A log pile in a sunny corner will offer shelter and foraging opportunities for small mammals, amphibians and reptiles as well as invertebrates.

Simple log piles provide hibernation and foraging opportunities.

A dead hedge will provide  small birds like wren, robin and hedge sparrow with nesting opportunities.

Dead hedges or brash piles can provide homes for a host of wildlife.

A bug box or insect hotels will be useful for attracting predator insects and solitary bees.

Planting wild flowers will encourage lots of pollinating insects like bees, hoverflies and butterflies as well as moths. 

Planting native wild flowers will attract insects

Children will be fascinated by the wealth of animals that come to make use of the facilities you provide. Getting them involved in the construction of a log pile or digging a little pond is a great way to help them develop an interest in wildlife. It need not be elaborate or take up loads of room. But with the increase in house building on green belt land gardens are fast becoming the last refuge for wildlife, big and small, scaly and fluffy. So do your bit and set aside some space to share your outside home with the animals and birds that lived there before you did. 

Bugs & beasties hold endless fascination for kids