June is a month when you’re likely to see a lot of wildlife activity in your garden – birds will be foraging for caterpillars to feed their young, and amphibians will be seeking cool, damp shelter. Bees and butterflies should be in abundance too.
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Discover some wildlife gardening jobs for June.
Keep the bird bath topped up
Keeping the bird bath topped up means that birds can drink and bathe in dry weather. With clean feathers, birds are better able to regulate their body temperatures and fly from predators. Keep above ground if cats are around.
Create a cool, damp spot for amphibians
Create a cool, damp spot for amphibians and their prey to take shelter during the day by making a log pile in a shady corner. Half bury the bottom layer of logs, and fill nooks and crannies with fallen leaves and moss.
Avoid deadheading roses
Avoid deadheading all your roses to let some develop hips for birds to eat in winter.
Grow bee-friendly plants
Grow bee-friendly plants such as foxglove to provide essential nectar and pollen. Discover how to make your garden bee-friendly in summer.
Leave a few lawn weeds
When mowing the lawn, leave a patch of lawn unmowed, so that weeds such as daisies and dandelions can flower – an easy source of nectar during the summer.
What to do if you find a baby bird
If you find a baby bird, leave it. If it is a fledgling it will be waiting to receive food from a parent and your presence might prevent it from returning. If it is a poorly feathered or naked chick it has a slim chance of survival and might have been rejected by the parents.