Welcoming Wildlife

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frog swimming in the green pond

So many of our garden’s focus is on the wildlife they can attract to their garden. Protecting bee’s, feeling birds and housing bugs seems to be a common staple in most of our entries and we love it! If you’re a new garden, or an established garden looking to generate some wildlife activity, here are a few tips on how to attract certain critters to your garden.

Close up of a small frog, Bullfrog, in water. Invasive species in British Columbia, Canada.

Amphibians

To attract these guys, you’re going to need a pond. We understand that some gardens won’t be able to add a pond to their garden but for those of you lucky enough to have one or be building one here’s what you need in it, so frogs and the like make themselves at home. You’re going to want to ensure your pond is organic, this means no chemical pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides, they are all poisonous to frogs. Plant a mixture of marginal and floating pond plants is great for frogs, toads, and newts. They provide shelter and protection which will make them feel safe, encouraging them to take up residency and hopefully even lay their eggs.

Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) swimming in the water. Green background with water plants.
Bugs hotel in a garden

Insects

A lot of our gardens have some quite extraordinary bug hotels. The name itself is funny, causing you to imagine the little critters off on their holidays, but they’re really a beneficial thing to have in your garden. They can be as big or as small as you like and can be built using recycled and outdoor materials. They offer the creepy crawlies somewhere safe, somewhere away from predators and somewhere they can lay their eggs.

Mason bees at an insect hotel in spring
Wild hedgehog, (Scientific name: Erinaceus europaeus) Native, wild European hedgehog in Autumn, leaving hedgehog house. Facing right. Head raised. Close up.  Horizontal, landscape.  Space for copy.

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs love to spend time in piles of leaves and sticks as well as bushes, so always check your hedges before strimming them. Gather up some loose leaves and twigs and create nice piles in a part of the garden where you know not to clear them up. This encourage hedgehogs to come and rest in them. You can entice them in further by making them a home out of a cardboard box and putting some pet food inside.

hedgehog
Fieldfare, Turdus pilaris, single bird on apples in tree, Warwickshire, December 2012

Birds

I’m sure you all know the best way to attract birds is with bird feeds and water bowls. Making sure your feeders are regularly filled with seeds and fat balls will ensure a constant stream of birds into your garden. Fruit trees and bushes will also attract the birds but we’re sure you wouldn’t want them feeding on your crop all of the time.

Small blue tit sitting on a bird feeder looking out
Monarch butterfly feeding on purple aster flower in summer floral background. Monarch butterflies in autumn blooming asters.

Butterflies and Bee’s

Planting to attract our very important bee’s and butterflies is simple. If you wanted a space filled with a buzz plant up things like Hebe shrubs, Lupins, lavender and Buddleia. Their flowers are inviting and safe for butterflies to land on and enjoy the nectar and bees will be attracted by the bright colours and come in to fill their bellies.

The bee pollinates the lavender flowers. Plant decay with insects
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