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How to create a wildlife friendly garden


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This task should be fairly straightforward regardless of your gardening experience.

Step 1: Create a compost heap

A compost heap is a handy way to tidy garden trimmings, plus it’ll give slow worms a place to breed and hedgehogs somewhere to hibernate.

Step 2: Pile up your logs

Whether you’ve chopped down a tree or you’re getting ready for winter’s fires, pile up logs in your garden to provide a hiding place for frogs, amphibians and ground beetles. These logs would be best placed in a shady spot so that they remain cool and damp.

Before moving wood remember to check for any creatures that may have already made themselves a home.

Step 3: Thicken your hedges

Conifer hedges are great as they offer snug roosting sites for small birds on cold nights. Adding foliage, like holly, to existing hedges will help to create additional nesting sites that will also provide berries for your birds to eat.

Step 4: Keep your long grass & nettles

Don’t let your lawnmower loose on your long grass or nettles. They can provide cover for many creatures and encourage insects for those insect-eating predators.

Step 5: Give your garden a pond

From ducks and moorhens, to fish and frogs, a pond can be a home to many creatures and give birds somewhere to wash and drink. If your garden isn’t suitable for a pond, consider investing in a bird bath instead.

What wildlife will this help to encourage?


Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Robins, Starlings, Great Tits, Magpies, Song Thrushes and Wrens (insect eaters). Song Thrushes, Fieldfares and Black Birds (slug and snail eaters).


Ladybirds, hoverflies, wasps (particularly parasitic species), ground beetles and lacewings (pest eaters). Ground beetles and centipedes (slug and snail eaters).

Other creepy crawlies:

Centipedes, spiders, hedgehogs, frogs, toads, slow worms, newts, lizards and bats (insect eaters). Hedgehogs, frogs, toads, newts and slow worms (slug and snail eaters).

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