The UK’s wildlife is in decline, but our gardens offer a vital haven. Learn how to make your garden greener!
How to make your garden wildlife friendly:
It’s much easier to create a wildlife friendly garden than you may think. Even if you only have a small amount space available there are lots of things you can do to attract more lovely wildlife into your garden.
The news that UK wildlife is in trouble, with one in three species halving in number in the past half century, should galvanise us all to make our own patch of green as welcoming as possible to wildlife.
It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but the 15m gardens in the UK cover 270,000 hectares, covering more space than all the National Nature Reserves in the UK.
Here’s what to do to make your garden more wildlife-friendly:
1)Don’t be a neat freak
Garden debris – dead leaves, plant stems and the like – provide all sorts of benefits for wildlife, from the lacewings and ladybirds that overwinter in hollow stems to the birds who gather this material for their nests and the hedgehogs who hibernate in dead leaves at the bottom of a hedge. One great way to incorporate dead material into your garden is what’s known as a “dead hedge”. Here’s how.
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The tips above are just the start: there are hundreds of things you can do in your garden that will have a positive impact on wildlife. There is a wealth of information online and in print on wildlife gardening, but there’s no substitute for joining your local Wildlife Trusts group and learning from experts in your area.