Watching wildlife in our gardens is heart-warming, gives us time for reflection, and generally creates happiness from nature. If you want to enjoy wildlife in your garden here are some ideas to help provide food and habitats for a healthy ecosystem.
Make a Nest for Ladybirds and Lacewings
Ladybirds and Lacewings are beneficial predators in the garden, and eat aphids, mites insect eggs and small larvae. Create a nest for them by tying a bundle of bamboo or dried cow parsley stems together and placing it in a crack in a wall, or nook of a tree.
Build a Log Pile to Encourage Biodiversity
A log pile is the perfect habitat for small mammals, amphibians and creepy crawlies.
Make a teepee shaped log pile, which they like to snuffle under. You can also leave out a small dish of water for them to drink.
Fallen Leaves and Dead Wood
Leave a pile of fallen leaves in a damp, shady part of the garden. Frogs, toads, newts and slug eating centipedes thrive on decaying matter. Decomposing wood left on trees could become home for bats, birds and invertebrates.
Plant a native hedgerow of Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Field Maple (Acer campestre) and Hazel (Corylus avellana) to replace an exotic hedge or wooden fence. The hedge will provide nesting sites and berries, nuts and hips for a variety of wildlife.
Plant Malus ‘Red Jade’
Plant Malus ‘Red Jade,’ crab apple tree. It is well suited to smaller gardens and grows to a height of 2 metres. Its crab apples are a great source of nutrition for wildlife.
Plant pollen and nectar rich plants such as Salvia, Lavender, Rudbeckia, Nepeta, Mint, Ceanothus, Borage, Hyssop, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Chives, Rosemary, Marjoram, Sage to name but a few!