Allow Wildlife To Thrive In Your Natural Home Environment
Why not welcome birds, butterflies, bees and bugs into your garden this summer season?
With the sunny weather arriving early this year, and Brits spending plenty of hours at home, there’s a great opportunity to attract different kinds of wildlife to your garden this season. Domestic gardens in the UK account for more than 10 million acres, which is greater than the combination of the country’s nature reserves. Gardens are therefore essential habitats for a wealth of wildlife including birds, butterflies, bees, bugs and mammals.
If you’re interested in supporting the survival of the UK’s wildlife population and enjoy them thriving in your own garden, then follow these tips.
There’s little as satisfying as inviting birds into your garden and watching them feed and frolic in the spaces you’ve provided for them. Bird feeders are popular for homeowners and birds alike. You can make your own using basic recycled materials such as a cardboard toilet roll tube rolled in peanut butter and covered in sunflower seeds. Alternatively, you could invest in a store-bought bird feeder. Some designs are squirrel-proof too if that’s a problem in your garden. You can buy bird seed in bulk, but many birds also love scraps such as bacon or grated cheese too!
Birds will flock to drink and wash in a bird bath. In the summer, all you’d need to do is sit back and watch, but remember during winter to pour boiling water over your bird bath regularly to prevent frost.
Beckoning Butterflies and Bees
Wildflowers full of pollen and nectar are simply delicious to bees and butterflies. They’re also beautiful for gardeners to enjoy during the summer. Plant stunning shades of bluebells, foxgloves, hyacinths, cornflowers or crocuses in black planters to offset the vivid tones against a dramatic backdrop. You should also keep your flowers generously watered, as those that are struggling for fluid will not produce as much nectar. Remember to plant them in warm sunny areas which butterflies and bees will naturally be drawn to. Patio spaces make excellent spots as they also provide room for them to spread their wings and fly.
Make Room for Wilderness
If space allows, it can be really interesting to provide an area which you allow to purposefully overgrow. By creating territory which closely resembles the natural environment, you could attract a wide variety of bugs and smaller mammals such as shrews or voles who are seeking a meal or shelter.
As a general rule for all gardeners and homeowners, if you’d like to attract wildlife and allow it to thrive on your property, then it’s critical that you avoid the use of pesticides or other chemicals that could damage the health of your guests. If you have any pest problems, then there are always natural alternatives to the use of pesticides, including garlic sprays or other types of herbs that can dissuade problem creatures from returning.
Many of the UK’s wildlife species are enjoying the quieter pace of life created by the nation’s lockdown. Start attracting wildlife to your garden today and you’ll be able to enjoy your new neighbours for months before autumn sets in.