Three ways to create a dead wood habitat

Dead wood habitats, such as log piles and wood stacks, can support a surprisingly wide range of garden wildlife.

Beetles will feed on the wood, while woodlice, centipedes and millipedes will enjoy nesting in the dark, damp conditions it provides. They in turn will attract predators such as hedgehogs, toads, mice and birds.

Read on to discover three simple ways to create dead wood habitats for wildlife.

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Log piles

First, find a spot where your log pile is unlikely to be disturbed. To create it, partially bury the logs so beetles can feed on the decaying wood in the soil. Ensure there are nooks and crannies for insects and mammals, and fill gaps with leaves.

Wood stacks

Start by erecting four wooden posts in a rectangle, then fill the space with any wood you have. Put big pieces such as logs on the bottom, then add twigs and clippings on top.

Wooden fences

Either buy a fence or make your own by erecting posts and weaving branches in between them. Don't treat with preservative, to allow it to rot down gradually.

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