Posted 20th Apr 2018
With nearly 600 different species of birds living in the UK, there are many ways to welcome wildlife to your garden
Now that spring is in full swing, there are a few tips you can try that could help you to make your garden more wildlife-friendly, as we find out here...
1 Plant smaller shrubs
If you would like to do a spot of bird watching, start by planting some woody shrubs and small berry bushes to provide the ideal grazing spot for smaller varieties. Alternatively, low lying flowers will be a favourite for rabbits, while providing shelter for other mammals too.
2 Provide a water source
A clean water source, such as a birdbath, pond or fountain, provides birds with a great place to drink and wash. Having a water feature will be a great way of attracting birds to your garden but will also act as a draw for amphibians too. However, make sure you keep it clean and have it refilled during the summer, so water is available when animals need it.
3 Create shelter
Bird boxes are a fantastic addition to your garden, introducing shelter into your outdoor area. They can also be used by other animals too, including bats or hedgehogs, who both like to nest in dark places. Natural roosting and nesting sites are difficult for some animals to find, so finding a suitable shelter for them is important.
4 Plant fruit trees
Planting fruit trees will be a great way of attracting a wide range of wildlife into your garden and are particularly good for the grey squirrel. Dropped fruit is a treat for other animals such as hedgehogs, foxes and even deer. An option will be to plant trees that will hold their fruit throughout the winter too - this will have an even greater benefit for animals during the colder months, when food is scarce.
5 Choose flowers with insects in mind
Do your bit to help the bees by planting flowers that can be visited all year round. This will mean different plants depending on the season - for instance, in the spring, plant lungwort or aubretia, in summer, allium or catmint, and in autumn, dahlias - these provide bees with a good source of nectar as the winter months take over.
Kiarna Benson of Tigershed commented: "As we head into the warmer months, Brits love to pay extra attention to their gardens, whether that be updating their garden furniture or introducing new plants and flowers. But for many it’s about welcoming wildlife back into their gardens. A successful garden for wildlife is built on four provisions: shelter and protection, food sources, water sources, and nesting areas. Paying attention to the types of flowers you plant also help some of our most important insects feed such as bumble bees."
"It’s always great to see more wildlife in your garden and we hope our tips will help prompt the nation to get into their garden and make a difference."
Tips courtesy of Tiger Sheds