With spring around the corner, there are lots of wildlife gardening jobs in March that will benefit your garden’s wildlife. Spring is beginning in March, but food for wildlife may still be scarce. Many animals waking from hibernation, birds will be looking for sites for their nests and many birds and animals will be beginning to breed.
There are plenty of ways to attract wildlife to your garden, whatever its size. You could create dead wood habitats for insects and mammals, make a bird box, support aquatic life by building a pond, or grow plants for bees.
Support your garden wildlife with our March wildlife jobs.
Leave food for hedgehogs
Leave out water and meat-based cat or dog food for hedgehogs emerging from hibernation, so they can build up their fat reserves for breeding. Put out the food from dusk and discard any that is left first thing in the morning.
Gather lawn clippings
If mowing for the first time, detach the box and leave the clippings to dry out, then take them up in a dry corner of the garden. You may attract queen bumblebees to start a colony there.
Add nectar- and pollen-rich plants
Make a note of the plants in flower in your garden and visit your local garden centre to see what’s in flower there, to increase your stock of nectar- and pollen-rich plants for pollinators. Discover how to help bees from winter through to spring.
Add pond plants
Improve your pond for breeding amphibians, by adding plants such as brooklime and water forget-me-not, which newts lay their egg on, and submerged plants such as hornwort and curled pondweed, which will oxygenate the water and shelter tadpoles from predators.
Remove peanuts from bird mixes
Now that the breeding season is underway for birds, remove peanuts from your feeding station. Birds usually feed live food, such as caterpillars and aphids, to their young, but if these are in short supply they may turn to supplementary feeders. Peanut pieces can choke nestlings. Buy protein-rich live or dried mealworms as a substitute.