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3 Ways to Make Your Garden a Paradise For Wildlife

April 21st, 2014

One of the greatest gifts of our planet is the abundance of life that surrounds us, from the smallest insect to the mighty blue whale. While you’re unlikely to see the latter in your back garden, there are lots of things you can do to make your yard more attractive to our feathered, furry and many-legged friends. Here are the essentials that every nature lover should offer in their garden!

Gimme shelter

Firstly, if you want to attract animals to your garden, you should really offer them somewhere to stay. If you put up a birdhouse in springtime you may see it inhabited by the summer months, and bee houses are a great way to encourage our stripy friends to give your garden some loving. Feeling crafty? Check out this tutorial on how to build your own birdhouse.

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Bird Houses; Image Credit – See-ming Lee

 

However, there are animal shelters that require even less effort. Simply letting a patch of your lawn grow long, and laying some logs in a corner of your yard will attract insects and provide them with a suitable habitat. We can’t think of a better excuse not to rake up those leaves…

 

Dining companions

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Bird Feeding; Image Credit – Marcus Ward

 


As well as a roof over their heads, your feathered and furry friends are going to need some sustenance, so offering a bite to eat will work wonders in attracting them to your garden. Here are a few types of food that will go down a treat in attracting certain birds and animals:

  • Mealworms – house sparrow and shrews
  • Peanuts – great spotted woodpecker and badger
  • Fat balls – blue tit and great tit
  • Niger seed – siskin and goldfinch
  • Sunflower hearts – bullfinch
  • Dog food – hedgehog
  • Root vegetables – deer

Check out some more ideas on suitable foods here.

Bath time!

Installing a pond will wildly expand the range of wildlife you’ll attract. As well as the amphibians and insects who will find the perfect home in its watery depths, and of course the fish you may want to introduce, birds will be able to drink the water and use it to bathe. This is a great tutorial on how to install your own pond.

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Garden Waterfall Pond; image credit- Andrew Rollinger

However, honeybees will also need your help in getting a drink, as bird baths and ponds are too deep for them. A saucer of water with some rocks that the bees can use as a drinking platform should do the trick. Find out more about how to help bees here.

 

About the Author:

Humble Seed welcomes guest bloggers. Today’s post was contributed by Nick Seaby from the Millrace Garden Centre. Check them out for more garden supplies and advice.

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