Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary in your Garden

Now that we are approaching the springtime and we have started to get our gardening equipment out of storage, the time has come when we will start to see wildlife returning to our gardens. Unfortunately, there are a range of species which are seeing a decline in numbers due to changing environments. By making small changes to our own homes and gardens we can help wildlife thrive. There are various ways in which you can alter your garden to be more appealing and welcoming for different types of wildlife from birds to pond dwelling species.

Creating a Pond

Adding a pond to your garden is a great way to welcome the local wildlife. Many people worry that building a pond and maintaining it is going to be difficult however that doesn’t have to be the case. Your pond doesn’t have to be large in size to be beneficial to wildlife, tadpoles, frogs and insects will be attracted to event the smallest of garden ponds.

Welcoming Birds

It is fairly simple to welcome birds to your garden. Simply ensure you have some food they will enjoy; you can pick up bird food at your local supermarket. If you want to attract different types of birds you can position different bird feeders at multiple levels to ensure different birds, and other wildlife, have access to food. Other items you can add to attract birds include a bird bath.

Bug Sanctuaries

You can purchase, or build, bug sanctuaries tailored to specific insects or create one for all. Simply using a small house and hanging on a fence to fill with various twigs and debris can welcome many different insects to your garden such as bumble bees and ladybirds. Although there are some insects you will likely want to keep away from your garden, these bugs are useful and essential to the environment.

Tailor your Gardening

When doing your gardening, simply keeping in mind the wildlife which may pass through is important. If you have a smaller garden, for example, you can plant in containers and display as you please as a way of encouraging wildlife to visit even the smallest of spaces. Filling your garden with as many plants as possible is one of the best ways you can build a wildlife sanctuary; the best items to plant include fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as climbing plants such as ivy. Bees, specifically, will love these plants and thrive in your garden.

As long as you garden thoughtfully and often, with wildlife in mind, you will be sure to see various species flocking to your garden. The more people which garden with this in mind, the safer our wildlife will be.

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Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.

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