A hedgehog in a garden

Garden habits you need to break in order to help wildlife

Conservationist Chris Packham gives his advice on breaking five common gardening habits to encourage more wildlife into your garden.

There are many ways to help wildlife in your garden. Putting in a pond is the single most effective way of improving your garden as a wildlife resource, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a puddle or a lake. If you leave areas of long grass, perhaps around the compost bin, bumblebees will nest in holes in the ground.

Ivy provides essential nectar for many overwintering insects, followed by berries, which sustain birds in the cold, short days of December. Growing nectar-rich flowers for as long as possible so that nectar is available throughout the year. And put up nest boxes – you can never have too many.

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