As a gardener, you will know how important it is to preserve wildlife and take simple measures to provide good habitats for them to live in. Of course you don’t want to encourage the wrong type of wildlife (slugs anyone?) but you can work to encourage wildlife to visit your garden which will be beneficial to both yourself and the environment. There are a number ways in which you can encourage wildlife which are outlined below.
Think about the type of wildlife you want to encourage into your garden, do you want to see more birds? Perhaps insects? Or even hedgehogs? Once you have decided on the wildlife you want to attract, you can gain a better understanding of what you need to do to attract them.
Many people choose to attract birds to their garden. It’s easy to attract birds, but it’s likely you will want to attract ‘pretty’ birds rather than pigeons. The variety of the species will depend on your garden, the size of it, proximity to town and whether there are any country parks close by. Some birds are native to country parks whereas Sparrowhawks and certain owls are more likely to venture into the city.
Birds will visit your garden if there is plenty of food available. So the first thing to consider is always keeping your seed table full and get any feeders up and running. You could also consider installing a bird bath so visiting birds can clean themselves in clean water when visiting your garden. Another way in which you can provide for birds is to provide them with a bird house. This doesn’t have to be very big, but gives them a space to have shelter and keep warm in the winter months.
Hedgehogs are another species which many like to attract to their garden. It’s important not to focus on attracting hedgehogs if you have cats or dogs as they can hurt any hedgehogs. However, hedgehogs do enjoy cat and dog food, so this is one way to attract them. You could also invest in or make a hedgehog hibernacula. This is the equivalent of a bird house for hedgehogs and gives them a safe, dry place to hibernate through the winter. You could also leave a ‘teepee’ shaped log in the garden for them to hibernate underneath.
It’s important when attracting wildlife that you enjoy them for their beauty and don’t disturb their natural habitat. Wildlife can add a lot of value to your garden design, as long as they are treated carefully.