The cold, winter weather can have great implications on your garden design, but also has the capability to disrupt the already dwindling wildlife, which lives all around us.
In a time in which industrial projects are constantly developing, natural habitats across the country are being destroyed, making the winter a time which bites the wildlife even harder than it does, us. With the sheer number of private gardens located across the UK, there is the opportunity to help support the environment in a time of need, of which the cold weather creates.
Much of the wildlife goes into a state of hibernation during the winter time, and thus whilst unintentional, many homes, and areas in which animals such as the Hedgehog are keeping from the cold, are being destroyed.
A common site throughout garden areas, across the UK, and especially in the countryside, is the bird house. Providing a shelter for the birds, and often for other forms of wildlife, can be extremely advantageous to the future proofing of the environment. The bird house provides warmth from the harsh elements and a lifeline to hatchlings, which can often lead to many chicks not even getting the opportunity to fly the nest.
As well attempting to maintain natural habitats within a garden design, you can enhance your support of the wildlife with the use of water features, which are of an even greater benefit during the winter period. Many gardens have a bird bath, from which birds and other animals alike, drink from throughout the year. However in much the same way that any natural pond or river would, the still water freezes over in the chilling temperatures. This is why many gardeners are now introducing fountains, and flowing water features as a method to prevent areas from icing over, providing the safe haven of water, which a large amount of the wildlife search for during the cold period.
Many go that extra length in order to maintain the future of the environment, often introducing features such as Ant Farms into their homes. These prove advantageous purely due to the industrial nature which is beginning to grip the nation, and with land developments taking place everywhere, the use of something such as an Ant Farm is a clever initiative in order to future proof one aspect of nature’s wildlife.
If you have created any unique wildlife friendly garden features for the animals to flock to, we would love to see your environmental havens in action. Send your images to any of our social media channels.