Posted 27th Oct 2016
Now that the cold nip in the air is well and truly setting in, it's time to start thinking about our garden dwellers, and what we can do to help them this winter. These steps will help make your garden more appealing
1. Stop the deadheading and let flower and seed heads hang, as these not only look great covered with cobwebs and cold morning dew, they also help feed the birds.
2. If you’re clearing a pond, leave any of the debris on the banks so that the creatures that may have come out with the vegetation you’re clearing can crawl back into the water before you dispose of your pile.
3. Leave perennials and shrubs as they are don’t cut them back as they can provide a home for hibernating insects.
4. Get yourself a bug hotel to help insects further with comfy places to overwinter.
5. Created shaded stone or wood piles for reptiles and amphibians to use as places to cuddle up in the colder months.
6. Give hedgehogs plenty of opportunities and the materials to create their own hibernacula (winter homes to you and me) by leaving your garden untidy in the autumn months.
7. Be very careful when tidying up not to disturb hedgehogs that might be hiding in piles of leaves and other garden waste.
8. Remember, remember on the fifth of November to check any bonfires for hedgehogs too.
9. Log piles needn’t look unsightly as you can use them to create a rustic feature such as a seat or table.
10. Dormice may be seen in southern Britain at this time of year. They love to hibernate in piles of leaves so be careful when disturbing these.
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Tips and article image courtesy of Potter & Rest