Posted: 15/01/2014 at 08:21
Thanks all, lots of good advice there, thanks Meerkat for the below.
Last summer my garden was fulled to the brim with chirping grasshoppers and some lovely speckled bush crickets. I left some parts of my lawn to grow from spring until autumn. I think they need long grass to complete their life cycle. The males seemed to love sitting up high on the fence in the sun and chirping away. So maybe you could provide some sunny places for them to perch as well as different heights of grass?
I can't help you with ladybirds though, I haven't had many in this garden, I am sure someone else can give you some advice. (I think the cold spring really effected the ladybirds last year) You could provide a ladybird house? and leave the aphids for them to gobble up.
Good luck encouraging them into your garden.