Real gardens: Wildlife-friendly meadow

Real gardens: wildlife-friendly meadow

Discover how one reader created a wildlife haven from an unloved piece of land

What started as a derelict croft and rough farmland when Helen Rushton arrived in the early 90s, now consists of three ponds, dozens of boxes for bats and nesting birds, and hidden spots for hedgehogs. Planting provides food for wildlife and Helen delays trimming hedges until the birds finish nesting.

The garden is a haven for wildlife, attracting birds, bats, hedgehogs, butterflies, moths and bees. The compost heaps attract pygmy shrews and roe deer like the wildflower meadow.

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