Gardens are useful habitats for wildlife, and can help form essential ‘green corridors’ within our towns and cities.
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You can attract a fascinating diversity of wildlife into your garden by making a few simple adjustments – here are six key elements of a garden that’s attractive to wildlife.
If you want to share your garden with wildlife, you must start by not using pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Chemicals are not selective. In almost all cases, pests are part of a bigger, richer picture.
Create a pond
A small, informal pond is the single best way of introducing every kind of wildlife to your garden, including frogs, newts, insects, birds, bats, mammals and grass snakes. Make sure it has a gently sloping side so that wildlife can get in and out easily. Watch our video on creating a wildlife pond.
Provide shelter, cover and hibernation sites by leaving log piles, bundles of sticks, seedheads and fallen leaves. These will provide shelter for all kinds of wildlife, from invertebrates to hedgehogs.
Tolerate weeds such as nettles and nectar-rich daisies and dandelions, which many pollinators will feed on. If you like a neat look, maybe you have an area that’s not so visible that can be left a little wilder.
Leave patches of long grass
Long grass is essential to maximise wildlife habitats and is easy to incorporate into any style of garden, either tucked away at the edges or made into a feature. It will soon be teeming with all kinds of small creatures.
Grow single flowers
Grow single, not double, flowers – double flowers are too elaborate, bred without male and female parts, or with so many petals that bees can’t get to the nectar and pollen. Discover some bee-friendly plants.