In July, some baby creatures, such as frogs, toads and hedgehogs, will be beginning to emerge – and they will need a helping hand in the form of food and shelter.
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Sowing biennial flowers and mowing perennial meadows are other wildlife gardening jobs you can do in July – find out more below.
Help baby frogs
Grow pond-side plants so that frogs have safe hiding places. Leave areas of long grass around your pond to provide shelter for emerging frogs, toads and newts. Take care when mowing to avoid harming any amphibians sheltering there.
A baby frog sitting on a thyme plant
Avoid trimming hedges
Blackbirds and thrushes often nest as late as August, so don’t trim hedges until the last of this season’s birds have left their nests.
Checking that a birds’ nest in a hedge is empty
Sow wildlife-friendly biennial plants, such as honesty, teasels (pictured) and foxgloves, that will flower next year.
A bee on a teasel head
Leave out water and meat-based dog or cat food (ideally chicken flavour) for hedgehogs. Babies should be emerging any day now and this extra food will help them fatten up before going into hibernation in late autumn.
A hedgehog eating out of a bowl on a lawn
Cut down perennial meadows
Use a strimmer to cut down perennial meadows. Leave seedheads where they fall for a few days to let the seeds scatter into the soil, then gather up the clippings for compost. Then mow the meadow to make it short and even. Remove all the mowings to avoid enriching the soil – most wildflowers grow best in low-nutrient conditions.
Cutting down a perennial meadow with a strimmer