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.Making a bird box.Making a bee hotel.Installing a window bird feeder.Making a bat box.Making fat cakes for birds.Making a green roof for a bird table.Browse plants that are attractive to wildlifeView a variety of scented flowers
, bamboo canes or old flower stemsWood saw, drill, screws and secateursA mirror fixing for hanging the hotelAll year round1 hourCut the plank into four pieces to make a rectangular frame for the bee hotel. Drill guide holes for the screws and assemble
did find a busy bee completely defoliating a passion flower in my greenhouse a few summer's ago, and creating its leafy cocoons in the compost of the same pot. Nice to know my garden is appreciated by local wildlife as much as my family.
. And yet it is precisely this shelter which is most in danger of being tidied away, cut down, mulched, shredded, composted or otherwise removed to make way for next year's grand displays.If you want wildlife to feel at home in your garden, let it make a
the bees making their cuts with such speed and precision.Despite the depredations of all these insects, the rose goes from strength to strength and gives a drift of hearty flowers each summer.
intensive farming, as grazing becomes heavier and cutting for silage replaces hay meadows and their associated wild flowers. There is plenty of farming hereabouts, but the land is emptier and the grip of agriculture is less tight. It's perhaps as the Weald
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This week a new type of lawn was born. The flower-rich, low-maintenance, wildlife-friendly sward was launched at a park in Kensington and Chelsea, after its creator, Lionel Smith, wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional grass monoculture
into the back of your box and fix it on to a fence or arch using the self-tapping screw.AdamPlace the bug box in a sheltered spot in your garden, but don't hide it too well or the insects won't find it.Attracting insects and wildlife to your gardenFlowers
, and therefore a must for every garden.Designing your wildlife gardenWhen planting a nectar border or any selection of flowers to attract insects, think first of what's best for them and second, of what you want to look at. The two are not remotely exclusive