There are lots of wildlife gardening jobs to do in April that will benefit your garden’s wildlife, now that spring has arrived.
Many animals will have awoken from hibernation, birds will be establishing nesting sites and a lot of wildlife will be breeding.
There are lots of ways to attract wildlife to your garden, whatever its size. You could grow your own bird food, support aquatic life by building a pond, or grow plants for bees.
Support your garden wildlife with our April wildlife jobs.
Leave caterpillars for birds
Avoid removing caterpillars from plants if you can – these are an essential food source for nesting birds such as blue tits and great tits, who feed caterpillars to their young. Also, don’t forget to keep feeders topped up this month.
Empty your compost bin
Empty your compost bin now, as any creatures that may have been hibernating will be awake. However, check the bin carefully before emptying it, and avoid plunging your fork into the heap in case it is home to frogs or hedgehogs.
Sow cornfield annuals
Fill gaps in borders by scattering seeds of cornfield annuals such as field poppy, corn cockle and cornflower. These will flower quickly for an instant hit of colour, while increasing the availability of pollen and nectar for pollinators.
Continue to leave out water and meat-based dog or cat food (ideally chicken flavour) for hedgehogs. This will help them fatten up to be in peak condition for breeding next month. Find out how to attract hedgehogs to your garden.
Make a bee hotel
Make a bee hotel for solitary bees such as mason bees. Solitary bees lay individual eggs in cells made in wood cavities and old, hollow plant stems. Find out how to make a bee hotel.