If you want to enjoy the chirrup of birdsong, the red faces of goldfinches, the beauty of a butterfly border, or if you just want to help the environment, then here are some ideas and practical advice, enabling you to make space for wild plants and animals in your garden, terrace, or window ledge.
Not quite lost yet due to increased herbicide use and changed agricultural practices, wildflowers can be grown at home in a garden, hanging basket, or window box – so garden size is no excuse here! These pretty flowers provide hunting and feeding grounds for many insects, mammals, and birds, with many species being inter-dependent.
Tips for creating a wildflower wonderland!
Create hanging baskets, herb holders, mini meadows, and even a pond in a pot. These clever ideas introduce wildlife into more formal areas or smaller gardens.
Check out the innovative ideas!
Hedges for wildlife
Planting a hedge will greatly improve the habitat your garden provides. Even better, a thick hedge that is not over-pruned will provide homes and food for many insects and birds – it is a place for them to shelter, hibernate, nest, and feed.
Tips for creating a wildlife-filled hedge!
This money-saving idea will improve soil health, produce stronger and healthier plants, and create an excellent home for wildlife. It also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill!
Help with compost!
Recognising pest or guest?
There is an important equilibrium between garden pests and guests. Ensuring that there is a balance of good and bad insects existing for their mutual benefit is important for wildlife gardening.
Advice on creating pest-guest harmony!
Butterflies’ high dependency on a limited number of plants makes them especially vulnerable in changing landscapes. To help stop their extinction, a variety of plants can be grown in sunny, sheltered spots, especially if ‘food plants’ are grown for their young.
Tips on attracting butterflies!
Feeding garden birds
Many bird species, such as song thrushes, sparrows, and starlings, are now listed as species of extreme concern. By putting a range of food in different locations around your garden you could attract up to 50 species of birds.
Advice on feeding garden birds!
Give these tips a try to improve the diversity of your garden, no matter how big or small. For further advice on creating homes for animals over the winter, garden bumblebees and trees, plus much more, take a look at the Wildlife Trust website!
To see why you should help the UK protect its wildlife check out this article!