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 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?

Birds:

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

Insects:

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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