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How to Encourage Wildlife to your Garden

Thursday, 31st March 2016

Trees and hedges in gardens are wonderful for wildlife and have been providing food and shelter for birds, bats and bees for hundreds of years. With planning, a lifeless garden – whatever its size - can soon become a refuge for wildlife and ultimately provide a safe place to breed and produce autumn’s natural flush of fruits and berries.
Native species of hedges also attract large numbers of insects providing natural protein and moisture for birds when they need it most – during the breeding season.
 
Blackbird

A wildlife friendly garden is a great way to support nature and bring more life to the garden. Planting a hedge for example can literally lay the natural foundations to welcome animals and will eventually provide habitat for wildlife. Plant a native species like Blackthorn or Holly, which will attract a wide range of mammals and birds. By doing this, you are creating a space for wildlife to live and nest - to make the animals feel at home in your garden. Here are a few additional ideas we thought would help:

• Rotting logs in a corner of your garden can make homes for hedgehogs and insects
• Leave overgrown areas to provide places for animals to rest or hibernate
• Drilling holes in branches and logs can also provide shelter and nesting for insects
• And if you don’t have a big garden or a garden at all you can even grow a tree in a large tub

Hedges provide lots of nesting places for all kinds of animals and insects. Some birds make nests in hedges, for instance, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.

Hedgehogs may shelter at the bottom of a hedge searching for food and a place to hibernate. If you have wood mice in your garden they are likely to nest a bit further in the hedge, upon the branches.

You can also encourage nectar-loving insects by planting certain plants at the bottom of the hedge for example lavender attracts bees, buddleia encourages butterflies and bees, and Ivy is the best plant for birds, insects and mammals. Bill Oddie's Finest Sunflower Hearts provide excellent food for birds, as they can be fed in a tubular feeder or scattered under your hedgerow.

Let’s all try and help make a difference to wildlife by providing a safe haven in your garden.

If you need any further help or advice contact us on 0800 298 7054 or email at enquiries@haiths.com

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