Is your garden a little scarce of wildlife? Do you find there are not many birds that fly onto your lawn? Well we have written eight ways below to help you manage your garden to attract more animals and birds whilst not compromising the way it looks.
Flowers Equal Food
I’m sure you are aware that flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and other insects. So adding flowers to your garden can help get it buzzing again with the hum of bees and bright butterflies. However, choose your plants carefully, cherry-pick plants that actually provide pollen or nectar as many contain little or none. Also don’t be too concerned about how native the flowers are, studies have shown that plants from china are loved by European and US butterflies.
Provide Food and Shelter
Growing a number of trees and shrubs helps to provide food and shelter and support larger wildlife such as birds. This is because as well as providing flowers, fruits and seeds for food they also give shelter for nests.
Trees don’t retire
Older mature trees are often overlooked and left untreated, make sure they are protected and watered if needed, they will help provide sustenance for larger animals.
Everything Needs a Drink
If you dig a pond that is a great way to get wildlife back into your garden (This is the simplest way to add wildlife). However, this may not be possible or you may have young children and so be put off from a pond, here you have several choices:
- Build a pond, but use pond covers that can keep children safely away.
- Put a shallow container out such as an inverted dustbin lid to attract small pond life.
A common misconception surrounds adding fish to the pond; they will actually eat many of the insects so if you have a small pond you should avoid this.
Keep the Deadwood
A common turn of phrase or figure of speech is to “get rid of the deadwood”, but when it comes to wildlife in the garden you should collect it and put in a shady spot, this can encourage beetles and their grubs and even different types of fungi.
It’s always a good idea to use a composter not just for the fact it speeds up nutrient recycling, but it makes healthy soil for all you garden plants and wildlife love it. Compost heaps to shelter many small insects and even larger ones such as slugs and snails.
Okay well that’s not going to work, but if you want to attract birds into your garden you should provide food and water for them all year round, if you only do this during the summer months they may move on and no longer come back for fear of loss.
Ideally, offer a mix of various foods from nuts, sunflower seeds and hearts and some kitchen scraps. The key thing to look out for with a feeding table is the bird’s nemesis the “domestic cat”.
Allow a patch of grass or two
If you want to give small mice, voles and shrews a fighting chance allows a few sections of your grass to grow longer than others, this ensures they have some shelter and protection from predators.