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RSPB - Home sweet home

Welcome wildlife

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home campaign is all about welcoming wildlife into our gardens. Discover how easy it is to make your home a home for nature, below.

Home sweet home

We make our homes as comfortable, safe and secure as possible, so they’re a haven from the outside world. The concept is similar for wildlife - the more comfortable their home is, the more settled they feel and the more time they’ll spend there.

Follow the tips below to turn your garden into the perfect haven for all kinds of creatures, encouraging them to set up home 
- and stay - in your garden.


How you can help

Robin Feeding time
To attract a range of birds, put out a variety of food such as sunflower seeds or hearts, nyjer seeds, fat balls and bars. Kitchen scraps (porridge oats, mild grated cheese, cooked potatoes and soft fruit) make tasty, energy-laden treats.

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Bat box Homes for mammals
Help bats by putting up bat boxes in your garden trees. Provide safe foraging areas for hedgehogs – as well as shelter for breeding and hibernation - with shrub beds and borders that have 
a thick cover of plants.

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Long grass Green, green grass of home
Create a lawn with varying lengths of grass, or leave one patch to grow longer. Birds like to forage in shorter grass, while long grass provides seeds and shelter for insects.

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Log pile Keep the dead wood
Standing and fallen decaying wood and old plants are very important. Birds feed on insects that make their home in old wood, and a decaying tree with a snagged bough or small cavity can provide a nest site for a bird or bat.

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Filling a pot with compost Go potty
Even if your garden’s quite small, you can make a difference in the tiniest of areas. Use pots and tubs to grow a variety of climbers and small shrubs to attract birds and insects.

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Bird box Nest is best
Putting up a nest box in autumn or winter 
 provides a home for birds to raise their young the following spring. As well as providing a safe base for feathered friends, nest boxes give you the chance to see them up close.

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Hedge Hedge your bets
Planting a thick, well-managed hedge provides wildlife with a place to shelter and breed, and is a good source of food. Plant in December, and resist the urge to trim from March to September in case any nesters are still hiding there.

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Pond Water, water everywhere
Water is as important as food to birds and other wildlife. Warm sunny spots with an open southerly aspect are best for a water feature. If space is limited, simply place  an old washing-up bowl in your border.

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Download your free guide

Download your guide To help the RSPB create a million new homes for wildlife, visit the Giving Nature a Home website, to download your free guide. It's packed with inspiring ideas and practical tips on supporting threatened UK wildlife species in your garden.

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